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Intermediate level


This lesson will mainly focus on grammar 'present simple & present continuous' by guided discovery in the context of a former politician experiencing a different life on a TV programme for one week. After covering M, F, P, a controlled practice of the meaning will be made, later on the language will be practiced with some related time expressions through a speaking activity.


Abc Handout 1 / ex.1
Abc Handout 2 / ex. 2
Abc Handout 3 / ex. 3
Abc Handout 4 / audio script

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of present simple & present continuous in the context of former politician experiencing a different life on a TV programme for one week.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practice the target language by a freer speaking activity 'question-answer' with some time expressions of the language.


Greeting (3-5 minutes) • To learn Ss' names through a GTKY activity

- Give a piece of paper to each S and ask them to write down three things about themselves such as their favorite color, singer, actor, hobby, interest, etc. - Have them fold the pieces of paper up and put them all in the pocket you have. - After mixing them up in the pocket, have each S pull out a piece of paper belonging to the others - Ask the Ss to find their own piece of paper by talking each other.

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

- Ask Ss a few questions about TV review and Michael Portillo: 1- What does he do? What is his job? (A former politician) 2- What is he doing on the programme? (He is replacing a single mom to look after her kids.) 3- Is it permanent or temporary? (Temporary, only for 1 week)

Focus on Meaning (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning of the target language by guided discovery

On board – try to elicit: He doesn’t have any children. She’s going through a very rebellious phase. - Ask: Which sentence is present continuous? Which one is present simple? - Ask the Ss to choose the correct tense for each rule on the handout. - Pair them, monitor and WGFB. - Pointing at audio script and highlighted sentences, ask them to write an example sentence from there under each rule. - Give only 1 photocopy of the script to each pair - Monitor and WGFB

Focus on Form (3-5 minutes) • To highlight the forms of the sentences in present simple/continuous

- Refer Ss back to the 2 sentences on the board. - Elicit highlighting the sentence from the Ss, then its positive form of present simple and the question form for third person. - Ask them about other subject pronouns i.e. I, we, they, you. - Do the same for the sentence in present continuous tense.

Focus on Pronunciation (3-5 minutes) • To drill conducting stress and intonation

- Say the sentence in present simple and ask Ss to repeat the sentence; do the same for positive, negative and questions. (Point at stress and intonation) - Say the sentence in present continuous and ask the Ss to repeat; do the same for positive, negative and questions. (Point at stress and intonation)

Controlled Practice of Meaning (3-5 minutes) • To provide practice on meaning of the language

- Tell Ss to choose the correct form- present simple or present continuous - To clarify what do: - For example, the first sentence '.........a volunteer has or is having four weeks.....' Which one? - Pair them with different partners and monitor. - Peer check and WGFB.

Freer Practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide speaking practice on the language

- Point at the time expressions. - Tell Ss to prepare questions to ask their partner about their daily life using these time expressions. - Do a quick demo with a stronger S and ask: What do you never do at nights? - What are you working on at the time? - Do a quick whole group feedback to report back on their partner - Delayed error correction if any

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