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Special occasions, Present Continuous Lesson Plan
Elementary A2 level


Abc New Cutting Edge Pre-intermediate Course book
Abc Hand-out

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of the present continuous tense in the context of special occasions

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide deduction reading practice using a text about a special day of a magazine worker in the context of special occasions


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- Ss will look at the picture on the smart board and discuss what they think it is like working for a fashion magazine. - T reviews the words chosen from the article: "choose articles, earn money." - T pairs the Ss up. Ss decide what the 3 people, that they see in the picture, do in their jobs in the activity 1.

Exposure (4-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

- T distributes the hand-out. - T elicits "national holiday". T asks CCQ's: Can you name any national holiday that we celebrate in Turkey? Do we go to school or to work on national holidays? - T elicits "day off", Then T elicits CCQ: Is it a day when we go to work? (No) - T tells Ss that, the day is a national holiday in Canada. - T tells Ss to read a passage about Rachel's day off.

Highlighting (3-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

- T tells the Ss to underline the things that she do different than usual. - While Ss are underlining T draws a timeline on the board. P--------/-\-N-/-\-------->F - Then T asks CCQ's: Is Rachel at work right now? [No] Are they going to the beach today? [No] What are they doing now?

Clarification (3-4 minutes) • To let the students discover the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

- T tells the Ss to fill in the chart in the handout. - Ss fill in the chart individually and then, they compare their charts with a partner.

Controlled Practice (6-7 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

- T tells Ss to do the fill-in-the-blank activity. - Ss first complete the gaps individually then compare their answers with a partner.

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

- T tells the ss to complete the activity 4a. - Ss are to circle the correct tense structure given in the activity. (Present Simple vs. Present Continuous) - Then, the ss compare their answers with their neighbours.

Semi-Controlled Practice (10-12 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

- At this stage, ss look at the sentences and truthfully adapt-change for themselves -in the activity 4b. - After they re-write the sentences, T groups the Ss and the Ss read their sentences to their group members.

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