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Relationships, Present simple and continuous tenses
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about present simple and continuous tenses through guided discovery based on a text presentation: using the listening as a basis for grammar in context. The lesson starts with a listening task about Karina and her colleague.This is where students listen and do two listening controlled activities.After that, I will guide students through language analysis exercise to contrast the two tenses.Finally, they do a speaking activity in groups.


Abc Language Analysis, P.11
Abc Ex.4,P.11
Abc Ex.3, P.11
Abc Ex.2.P.11
Abc Ex.1, P.11
Abc Exercise 2, P.10
Abc Exercise 1
Abc PP presentation

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of the present simple and continuous tenses in the context of listening

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice using in a conversation in the context of important people in their life using the two tenses


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students and set up the listening task

I will show a picture of a crowded street on the board and ask Ss to describe what is happening.After that I will show Ss a Picture of Karina and her mates and try to elicit some ideas about their relation to Karina.

Exposure ( Listening task) (3-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through listening

I will ask Ss to listen to check their prediction about the relationship of each person to Karina. Then check answers in pairs.

Highlighting ( Language Clarification) (8-10 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language and contrast the two tenses (meaning, form, pronunciation)

I will show Ss the two timelines and elicit the meaning/usage of the two tenses from them. Then,In pairs, I will ask Ss to do the analysis exercises in P.11 to identify the form . After that I will highlight the pronunciation of the two forms

Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for using the correct form questions in the two tenses

Ss will answer Exercise 2 in pairs.I will do correction on spot then feedback the whole class about the correct answers.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of speaking using the target language

Ss will do Ex.4a indiviually then do Ex.4b in pairs. I will ask them to share one idea with the class after they finish.

Semi-controlled practice (6-8 minutes) • to allow students to practice asking question using the target language

I will model one example about myself with a student, eliciting a question, e.g. Are you getting taller? No, I'm not getting taller. (or) yes, I'm getting taller. I will let students discuss questions in pairs then go through them with the class

Content/Language feedback (2-3 minutes) • to provide students with error correction

I will write the mistakes that I noticed from students during class and elicit the correction from them.

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