Taher Bahrani Taher Bahrani

TAHER BAHRANI; Simple present and present progressive
intermediate level


In this lesson, the students will learn about simple present and present progressive tenses. First, the teacher starts the class with some warm up activities to draw the students' attention to the present simple and present progressive and the difference between the two. Following, the class will be asked to do many activities individually, in pairs or groups.


Abc discuss the following questions
Abc make questions to ask your partner using simple present or present progressive
Abc circle the correct form, present simple or present progressive
Abc fill in the blanks using simple present or present progressive of the verbs given
Abc selecting the correct tense between simple present and present progressive

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of action and non-action verbs
  • To provide clarification and practice of simple present and present progressive

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a questions and answers in the context of food


Warm up (3-5 minutes) • To get the students focus on the class and what the teacher is to teach

First the teacher asks the students about the things they learnt from the previous session of the class. Then, the teacher can ask the students some questions to draw their attention on the class. Following yes/no questions about the students daily activities can be asked; Do you have English class everyday? Do you come here by your car? Do you get up early everyday?

Stage 1 (introducing the lesson) (20-25 minutes) • making the students more familiar with present simple and present progressive

First the teacher asks the students to listen to him while he talks about his daily routine. Then tells the students to say as many things as they remember about his daily routine. This should be done as a whole class activity. Then the teacher tells the students the tense he just used was simple present. After that the teacher start drawing the students' attention on present progressive by providing them some easy to understand examples. For example, I am teaching you at this moment. You are listening to the teacher now. The teachers continues with asking the students to produce their own sentences about what they, their friends or other family members are doing at this moment. Once finished, the teachers can use the materials he has prepared to help the students understand the difference between simple present and present progressive more.

Stage 2 (speaking) (3-5 minutes) • To encourage the students to talk about themselves

Once all the related activities are done, two other activities are given to the students to encourage them to talk more to enhance their speaking skill. For the first activity, the teacher gives the students a list of some questions about eating and food. The students are supposed to exchange ideas and talk about the questions. The second activity is to provide the students with some simple verbs such as get up, eat, sleep, go, return, study and so on which are related to daily routine and ask them to talk about their daily program using the given verbs. The teacher can start with volunteers so that weaker students have the chance to observe.

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