Ayse Ayse

Teaching Practice 7
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will learn about present continuous tense for the moment of speaking through guided discovery. They will first see a picture of some noisy people, then they will listen to two people talking about why they cannot sleep. Then they will do some controlled and semi-controlled practice to understand the meaning and form. In the free practice they will use the target structure through a speaking activity.


Abc MF handout
Abc Gap-fill
Abc Listening & Gap-fill
Abc Picture

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of present continuous at the moment of speaking in the context of noisy neighbours.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide speaking practice in a conversation in the context of things happening right now.


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

Greet the Ss. Tell them that they will talk about noise and noisy people. Show them the picture and tell them to focus on picture 5. Ask " Why do you think the couple in flat 5 can't sleep?" Elicit some answers, but don't tell them correct answer. Tell Ss that they will listen to an audio and check their ideas. Elicit some ideas.

Clarification (15-17 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Tell Ss that they will listen to the audio again. Show them the gap fill activity. Tell them they will listen and fill in the blanks. Tell them - You will have one minute to see the sentences. -You will listen to the audio twice. Give them a minute and play the audio. After the first listening, play the audio again. Then want them to pair-check the answers. Elicit answers as a whole-class feedback. Give them the handouts about the meaning and form of the present continous. Ask them to work on the exercises individually. Give them two minutes. Then ask them to chek their answers with their friends. In the meantime, write the example sentences on the board. Elicit the meaning first by using the CCQs. - They’re having a party downstairs. Do they have a party every day? (probably no) Does it happen always? (no) Is it past, now or future? (now) - They aren’t sleeping. Are they awake now? (yes) Are they sleeping now? (no) - Are they arguing? Do they argue every day? (probably no) Is it happening now? (yes) Then, elicit form from the students. Show it on the board. After form, show sentence stress and intonation. Model and drill the example sentences and ask student where the stress it. Elicit these answers: - We do not stress the auxilary verbs in a sentence. - We stress the main verb. - In questions, we have a rising intonation.

Controlled Practice (5-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Tell them to fill in the blanks and give them the activity. Tell them: - Here is an exercise for you. Fill in the blanks using present continuous tense. -You have two minutes. Then, let them pair-check the answers. Show them the answers after that and want them to check if their answers are correct.

Semi-Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

Show them the pictures. Tell them this time they will first write a question for each picture and answer it. Use ICQs if necessary: - What are we doing first? ( writing a question) - Do we answer our question? (yes) - You have three minutes to complete the activity. Then put them in groups of three and want them check their answers. Give them one minute for this. After that, get a whole-class feedback.

Free Practice (16-18 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Tell Ss they will play a guessing game. Show them the workseet and tell them there are different profiles on it. They will form groups of four. (The number may change according to the number of Ss in the class.). Tell them that - You will play a guessing game. - One of your friends will choose a person from the page, but s/he will not tell this to you. - You will ask yes/no questions in present continuous tense and try to find the person. - When you find it, it is your turn. Ask ICQs before giving the worksheet. - What are you doing? ( playing a guessing game) - Do you choose a person from the list? ( yes) - Do you tell who you choose to your friends? (no) - Do your friends ask questions to guess the person in your mind? (yes) - What kind of questions do they ask? (yes/no) Give them the handouts and monitor them closely while they are playing. Take notes of their mistakes and at the end of the activity, make a whole-class error correction. Elicit the correct forms from the students.

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