In my previous post I offered several resources to teach the difference between the present simple and present continuous tenses. There are several exercises and games including an infographic. But, as my students complained that the infographic was not that helpful I created a new one.
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[showmyads] In this post there is an infographic explaining the usage of the two present tenses using the key words and then there is a quiz where the students can practise their knowledge of the grammar.
I hope you like it.
Teach the present tenses – infographic
Elicit the usage of the present tenses. Students should understand that the present continuous tense is used when there are the words “now, at the moment, right now and today“.
If the words like “always, sometimes, on Tuesdays” etc. are used the present simple tense is often used.
Of course, this explanation is not 100% grammatically correct but for some students (and many textbook exercises) it works very well.
Emphasize that the students do not have to learn both of the lists. It is enough if they learn the words connected with the present continuous tense and use the present simple in all the other cases.
Present tenses – online quiz
Present tenses – Darts
Type the correct answer and then score as many points possible.
Sometimes it is very difficult for students to decide whether they should use the present simple or the present continuous tense. To help them decide correctly, I will share several activities with you. These activities make it clear which tense the students should use and how to form it.
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In this post there are two comic stories and an accompanying worksheet. Then there is an infographic focusing on the keywords which are often connected with the tenses. And the last activity is an interactive game to practise the usage of the two tenses.
Present simple or present continuous – Comics
Now, print the following worksheet and your students should complete the first exercise.
Check the answers and then ask the students to write sentences into the table in exercise 2. It is a good idea to elicit the first line before they start.
In the exercise 3, students write about their normal day.
As an additional activity, you can ask the students to use the comic story and retell the American´s day. Thus they can practise the third person singular.
Now, it is time to hand out the second comic.
You can print the comic here:
Students should read the comic and answer the questions in exercise 4 in the worksheet above.
Present simple or present continuous – explanation
Others might profit from the following infographic which focuses on the key words.
Present simple or present continuous – games
Students work in pairs. They choose a square where they would like to enter their cross or nought. However, they can do so only if they form a correct sentence using all the words of the coordinates for the given square. If they make a mistake they cannot draw anything. If they are not sure, they can check the sentence in the key grid.
The winner is the student who manages to draw four symbols next to each other.
The following game is called Quiz Darts. Your task is to put the verb in the correct tense and if you answer correctly, you can throw the dart. Your task is to score as many points as possible.
Present simple or present continuous – more
Which activity did you like best?
Present continuous tense is one of the most popular tenses among students. It is easy to form and its usage is crystal clear (at least at the beginning). However, when it comes to forming questions, students often fail. To avoid this, I have come up with a number of activities to help my learners and I would like to share them with you now.
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[showmyads] In this post, there is a video to teach the question word, an infographic, several interactive exercises and logical worksheets.
Present continuous YES/NO questions
In the first part, there is a column of sentences which students should transform into questions. Tell them to use the colours to guide them. Help those struggling. Check the questions. Then tell students to transform the sentences in the second column.
Now your students should be able to form questions in the present continuous tense. And as they discovered the rules themselves, they are sure to remember them well.
Present continuous tense – short answers
Demonstrate how the infographic works. Write one of the questions on the board. Ask the students with which word the question starts. Point to the word in the infographic. Elicit the colour. Now, point to the question on the board and elicit what follows the first word. Find the continuation in the rectangles and explain that the correct answers are the two possibilities behind it.
It took just two examples for my students to understand the formation of the short answers.
Return to the worksheet and ask the students to write both of the short answers below the questions they formed previously. Check their answers.
Question words – video and infographic
You can use the following infographic too:
Once the students know the basic question words, it is time to practise them. In the following video students see the answer and their task is to supply the correct question word.
Present continuous questions
Print the following worksheet.
Ask the students to form questions in the first column asking about the information in colour. Point to the colourful question words at the bottom of the worksheet which will help your students.
Check the answers and tell them to complete the second column.
Finish the worksheet above in one lesson and then bring the following worksheet. This worksheet contains three exercises. In the first exercise students see the answer and their task is to write the question words. In the second task, students see the answer and they should ask about the underlined information. In the last exercise, students see the answer and they should write three questions for the given answer.
Present continuous questions – more exercises
In the second quiz students have to write the short answers:
In the third quiz students know the answers and they have to write the questions.
In the fourth quiz, students have some cues and they have to write the questions using the cues.
If you cannot use a computer in your classroom, you can use the following worksheet with all the exercises.
There are some grammar points which I have been struggling with for years. Not that I would not understand them or use them incorrectly, but I always fail when I try to pass my knowledge to my students. And the usage of present continuous for future arrangements was one of the grammar points that I could not explain clearly no matter how tallented my students were.
Till this day!!
Today I feel that I broke the curse and I created a set of materials that help me explain the grammar clearly and correctly. And here I would like to share them with you.
[showmyads] You can find here an infographic, a game and an interactive quiz.
Present continuous for future arrangements – infographic
Present continuous for future arrangements – a game
Present continuous for future arrangements – an online quiz
Present continuous for future arrangements – Your opinion
Which one is better
Today I experienced the great teaching moment when one of my not so proficient students said that she can understand the grammar perfectly and that it is really easy. I was exalted.
I was teaching present continuous tense and the students really liked it and at the end of the lesson they were able to form the affirmative sentences correctly. In this post I would like to share all the activities I used to achieve this. There are an infographic explaining the grammar, a worksheet and an interactive quiz. I hope you will like it.
[showmyads] Please, if you spot a mistake leave a comment and I will try to correct it as soon as possible. Thank you.
Present continuous tense – worksheet and infographics
Once we check the exercise 1, I hand out the following infographic and ask the students to go through it and then I explain it.
When I finish my short explanation I ask the students to complete the exercise 2 in the Present continuous affirmative_worksheet. We check the answers and then I explain the addition of the -ing ending. And then the students have to do the exercise 3. Here they add the -ing ending to the verbs.
In exercise 4 the students are asked to write what the people and animals are doing in the pictures. Remind them not to forget the correct form of the verb TO BE in each sentence. In exercise 5, the pupils finish the sentences in a logical way using the present continuous tense.
At the end of the lesson I asked my students to work in pairs and describe the picture we used at the beginning of the lesson.
It worked for my class. Will it work for yours?
Present continuous tense – interactive quiz
[showmyadsa] Once we finish the exercises at school you can ask your students to practise the grammar at home. They can try to do the following interactive quiz. If they pass it they will be given a chance to play a game. The quiz is in HTML5 so it will work on all mobile devices.
You can expand your knowledge about present continuous tense at British Council pages.