Spicing up my lessons!
Tired of always looking for exercises for different grammar points I have started putting together everything I need, related to a certain point of grammar, on the same page.
Today I have uploaded two more: Present Simple and Present ContinuousTense. I have gathered together Grammar and Exercises .
Hope it is as helpful to you as it is to me. Now, I can safely take them to the computer room, ask them to go to this url where they’ll find everything they need to work on. Very useful too, to do as homework or revise just before exams at their own pace.
If you’ve been reading me for some time you’ll probably have guessed that I favour kinesthetic learning.The activities where students take an active part and enjoy while learning are my favourite.I like them getting up and moving around the classroom and I even welcome the noise because they are using English.
And you cannot even begin to imagine how proud I feel when I see that they have been able to overcome their natural shyness at making mistakes and just concentrate on using the language and having fun.
These are two of my favourite activities to orally practise present continuous. Hilarious, trust me!
I divided the class into two groups Group A and Group B; one student from Group A comes up to the front of the class and is given a card with a sentence containing the Present Continuous, like for example, I am watching TV. The student has to mime this activity and the members of his group have to guess, exactly, the same words written on the card. The student is given one minute to mimic as many sentences as possible.
I’m cleaning the house
He’s cooking an egg
She is dancing in the disco
I am playing the guitar
He is drinking a coke
He is reading a novel
I am thinking about my teacher
My mother is working now
He is walking to school
He is painting the house
I am studying History
I am not sleeping
I am playing tennis now
She is reading a newspaper
She is eating chocolate
I am riding a blue bicycle
♥DESCRIPTION OF A PHOTO
For this activity, the students are sitting in pairs, one student facing the board and the other with his back to the board. Using the OHP, a picture of people performing something is displayed. Now, the person seeing the picture has to describe it in as much detail as possible and the other person has to draw the picture. Allow them four or five minutes and then choose the best picture. Below are two of the pictures that I used:
The first video is very easy to understand and though grammar is not explained as such students, at the end of this short video,are perfectly aware of how to use these two tenses.
The next video is a bit longer and it has different sketches, so if I’m running short of time I might decide not to use all of them.
Questions for the different sketches, click here