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Grammar Clarification, Present Perfect Continuous
Intermediate B1 level


In this lesson, ss will have a deeper understanding concerning the difference between the present perfect simple and the present perfect continuous. Test Teach Test is going to be applied.


Abc Handout for setting the rules
Abc PowerPoint
Abc Gap-fill Handout
Abc Handout-Circle

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of present perfect continuous in the context of birthday

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide contrast between present perfect continuous and present perfect simple


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

I tell things about myself concerning my birthday to make the use of present perfect continuous more salient. -On my 15th birthday, my parents bought me a violin and I started playing the violin since I was 15 and I still play the violin so I have been playing the violin since I was 15. Ask the questions to ss to elicit this kind of answers above.

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

A handout from SB given to ss. Monitoring Peercheck. Group check.

Teach (15-20 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Hand out for setting the rules. CCQs (on LA). Timelines. CCQs for Present Perfect Simple: Did something happen in the past?(Yes) Is there a result in the present? (Yes) CCQs for Present Perfect Cont. Do we know when the activity started? (Yes) Is the action still continuing? (Yes) What are we interested in? (The duration of the activity) CCQs for Present Perfect Cont.2nd slide Does the car now work? (Maybe yes, maybe no, we don't know) Is the man repairing the car now? (No) Did he stop repairing the car a short time ago? (Yes) How do we know? (He's filthy)

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

A gap-fill hand out given to ss. Monitoring. Peercheck. Group-check.

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Ss are shown pictures and try to form a sentence in relation to these pictures by using present perfect continuous.

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