Marieke Marieke

Paintings - present continuous
Elementary level


In this lesson, students learn to talk about paintings or art using present continuous. Then they practice describing a scene and making guesses,


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Main Aims

  • To provide practice using present continuous in the context of talking about paintings

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of vocabulary related to art


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

Visit a virtual art gallery and practice some vocabulary related to art. painting, sculpture, portrait, landscape, artist, style, gallery, famous, self-portrait Functional language talking about a painting: I can see... There is... There are...

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through listening

SLIDES - art vocabulary Listen to the recording of the description of the painting, "A Bar at the Folies Bergere" by Manet. Answer some questions about the listening. Listen again and fill in blanks.

Useful Language (16-20 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Activity - describe paintings Open images of famous paintings. Ask students to describe what they see. Use present continuous to describe the actions in the painting - They are sitting by the water. She is standing behind the bar. The clocks are melting. Then ask students to ask questions for more details. What is she thinking about? What are they eating? Etc.

Productive Task(s) (12-16 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Activity - Who is doing what? Ask students to go around and speak to the others about what they are doing. Get answers to all the questions on the sheet. Then share with the group.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Homework - go over last homework and assign new homework

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