Grammar Lesson- Present Simple and Continuous Tense
Lower-Intermediate Level level


In this grammar lesson, students will learn to differentiate between the simple present and present progressive tenses deductively. They would be able to determine the usage and the keys words of each tense. I will use drill practice activities followed by controlled fill in the gap exercises. Finally will allow students to write their own sentences as a freer practice in the production stage.


Abc Gap Fill simple present and continuous h/o
Abc White Board and Marker

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of the Simple Tense and Simple Progressive

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency and accuracy while speaking about daily habits and temporarily actions
  • To provide process writing practice using drill practice of both tenses


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

- Use a youtube video to draw Ss's attention - Ask Ss questions: - What are the major difference in usage of the tenses ? I live in Spain. Ask Ss: Does this mean that I live permanently in Spain ? I'm living in Spain now. Ask Ss: Does this mean that i temporarily live in Spain ? -

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

- Write four sentences on the board I play football. I'm playing football. I eat vegetables everyday. I'm eating vegetables now.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

- Based on the last four sentences, Ask Ss when do we use each tense. - Elicit from Ss the formulation of the rule for each tense

Clarification (3-5 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

- Ask Ss to choose which sentences from the following are temporarily actions vs. daily habits for CCQ's - I wait for the bus - I'm waiting for the bus

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

- Give Ss H/O individually. - Ask Ss to complete the gaps using correct form of the verb ( present simple and present continuous) - Review the answers with students on the board

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

- In pairs, ask Ss to write two sentences using the verb "eat" expressing a a daily habit and temporarily action. - Monitor their progress, note the mistakes. - Allow student to do peer correction

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

- In groups, ask students to write five sentences about their daily habits and five about temporarily situations. - Each group will choose a S who will present the sentences about daily habits and the another S to present temporarily situations. - Allow peer correction

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