To provide clarification of present progressive in the context of family members
To provide detailed
To provide review of family members vocabulary in the context of to describe what they are doing now
Procedure (54-69 minutes)
Students are shown a very funny clip of Mr. Bean that has the "present progressive" highlighted throughout. They will enjoy the 3:44 minutes; I simply tell them that we will enjoy watching a funny clip!
Now that the students have seen the clip, they have seen the storyline which provides the context of the usage of the "present progressive". Now, we will go through what Mr. Bean is doing on the PowerPoint with the students. I will be asking, "What is Mr. Bean doing now?" while pointing at a picture. I will do so for all pictures of Mr. Bean and then move on to the workers pictures! There are also 2 special instances in Mr. Bean's pictures where I will ask: "How is Mr. Bean feeling now?" "Where is Mr. Bean now?" I stress the word "NOW" everytime I ask, and hope that their brains are getting the connection, and I will ensure that by having them start their answer with, "Now, Mr. Bean …"
Now, the focus is shifted on me and the students. While I am writing on the board "What am I doing right now?" I will actually say it loud. The students should reply that I am writing. Then I will hand out cards to the students at random. The cards have the words "please sit", "please stand", "please walk". I will then ask the students to do what their card says and answer each others questions. I will ask them to act as their card says and go to a sitting student and ask him: "What are you doing?" He should reply: "I am sitting." Then I ask him, what am I doing and he should reply that I am standing. Then I ask: "What is Sinatra doing?" and he should reply: "He is walking". Then he should ask me three questions. The class sees them and is then instructed to interact with each other! It's fun!
Now, I will show them three pictures of my family members. I will tell them: "My family members are very busy!" "My sister loves basketball, right now she is with her friends playing basketball." Then I will ask the class: "What is my mother doing now?" "What is my brother doing now?" After that I ask the students to work in pairs, each one will show the three pictures that he got of his family members and tell them to his partner. Then, each pair will present to the class, but they will resent the photograph of their partner. For example: "Peter's mother is smoking."
Here, I will bring out my cactus plant and place it on my desk. I will get out my stuffed puppy toy. Then I will tell the students about my day in the park: I am in the park. I am walking my dog. I am eating ice cream. It is very cold. I am drinking hot cocoa. It is very hot. I am playing Frisbee with my friends. I am happy. Then I will ask them to sit and write a letter back home about their day; which they will later share with their class!
I will open up a magazine on an advertisement and describe it to my students. Then, I will distribute picture advertisements of different products to the students and have them describe it at home.