Mark Wolter Mark Wolter

Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will review and contrast present continuous and "be going to" and receive practice of both.


Abc TLAS Grammar Sheet

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of present continuous and the form "be going to"

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification between the differences of the present continuous and the form "be going to"


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

-- T shares first slide -- T greets class -- T says "Today we are going to be covering the present continuous forms and the term :be going to. We use these grammatical forms when we talk about things we are doing, and our plans for the future." -- T says "Look at the photos, which places can you visit for free?" -- T elicits responses from SS

Gist (5-7 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

-- T shares slide two -- T says "Okay, now we are going to be doing a listening exercise. Listen to the audio, and fill in the blanks. Then, you will check your answers in pairs afterwards." -- T plays audio -- T puts SS into breakout rooms for two minutes -- SS return to group -- T goes over answers with SS

Depth (5-7 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

-- T says "Now, you're going to do another exercise in pairs. You are going to determine if the sentences in the google form are referring to events in the present, or events in the future. You'll have three minutes to complete the task." -- T puts SS into breakout rooms -- SS return and T goes over answers

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

-- T goes over meaning of present continuous -- T goes over meaning of "be going to" -- T explains the difference between the two -- T goes over the form of "be going to" -- T goes over form of present continuous -- T gives SS 3 minutes to complete google forms activity in breakout rooms -- SS return from breakout rooms and goes over answers as a class -- T elicits the proper pronunciation/stress of two sentences from the google forms -- T goes over proper pronunciation/stress of sentences

Controlled Practice (6-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

-- T displays sentence forming exercise -- T tells students to take screenshots of questions -- T instructs students to form sentences using either the present continuous or "be going to" grammatical forms in pairs -- T puts SS in breakout rooms for three minutes -- SS return -- T goes over SS sentences

Free Practice (5-7 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

-- T shares next slide with SS -- T instructs SS that they are to talk about their future plans either in the present continuous or "be going to forms" -- T puts SS into breakout rooms for three minutes -- SS return -- SS share sentences with T

DEC (2-3 minutes) • To provide delayed error correction

-- T provides DEC to SS -- T thanks SS

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