Teaching Practice 7: Present Continuous Tense
To provide review and practice of Present Continuous Tense in the context of Work
To provide process and product writing practice of a Paragraph in the context of Work
Procedure (35-55 minutes)
The T draws a timeline on the board and writes "NOW" in the middle of it with a red marker. Then he tries to imply the past and future with body language and oral support. Drawing attention to the concept of "now" the teacher then writes the positive and negative forms of the present continuous tense.
The T delivers the gap-fill exercise handouts. The Ss are given a couple of minutes to complete the task. The T then asks the Ss to guess what he is doing. He uses body language, mimics and gestures to tell the words: play, look, go, smoke, run, write, study, sit, stop. These verbs are written on the board and the T starts putting -ing at the end of each one. After some choral drilling, the T goes on to the next stage.
The T shows a picture to the Ss via OP. In that picture a lady, Liz, is talking to her colleage, Danny who is playing a computer game. There is a clock, showing 9.55am on the wall and a man, Bob, reading newspaper. This picture is the source of the given handout, which is supposed be filled-in according to the verbs in brackets.
After providing guided discovery about the question forms and short answers of present continuous, the T then delivers new handouts that include the same picture and 5 questions. The Ss are asked to complete the gaps with correct forms of the verbs in brackets so as to provide controlled practice.