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  • SadieC
    5 December, 2016 at 10:04
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    I’ve had my lesson plan rejected twice already, so I just want to get some feedback before I submit it again. My prompt was a Present Continuous tense lesson for a Pre-intermediate class. The comments on my last submission said that I needed to

    state the usage of the present continuous tense tat is being covered, elicit the structure of the present continuous tense from the students, elicit the usage your lesson is focused on and include a definition of that usage, and add examples for my fill-in the blank activity.

    I think that I have fixed all of it, but I’d like to be sure that it’s correct and that I haven’t messed anything up while I was fixing the original problems.

    Here is a link to the file on my Google Drive. Please let me know if it cannot be viewed.https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByUx-gnBsqWiREF6RTFqNFg2MUE/view?usp=sharing

    7 December, 2016 at 14:11
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    Hi – please post the plan here rather than in Google Drive.

    Thanks, Dan

    10 December, 2016 at 21:39
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    Sorry. I had to rearrange the formatting, but hopefully it still makes sense.

    Sadie Cox

    Expected numbers:

    Date & Time:
    4:30 pm, 25-01-2017
    Class level:

    Context: Using present continuous tense: Actions in progress

    Teaching aids: White board, dry erase pens, pictures of people performing actions (2 sets), fill in the blank worksheets, cue card for charades, sand timers

    Learner objectives:
    At lesson end, students should be able to write a Present Continuous Sentence for the usage of actions that are in progress.
    Ex. I am learning. He is watching television.
    Personal aims:
    Maintain eye contact with students when facing the class. Keep a smile on my face for at least 50% of the class.

    Anticipated problems for students:
    Students may not know the vocabulary needed to form sentences in present continuous tense.
    Grammar: Present continuous can be a difficult grammar point, especially for younger children
    Use the engage phase to check vocabulary. If vocabulary skills are low overall, then take the opportunity to work on some drills. If only some students show low vocabulary skills, then group weak students with stronger students during the study phase activity.
    Listen closely. Observe who is having difficulty. Do drills after 1st and 3rd parts of the study phase

    Anticipated problems for teacher:
    Large class size means that students may not pay attention and/or disrupt the class.
    Walk a circuit around the groups during the study phase activity. Look for students who appear to be becoming bored and call on them or walk towards them to regain their attention.


    5 min
    Put up pictures of people performing actions and ask students what they are doing
    ^Example Questions: What is she doing? Is he eating? Example Answers: She is sleeping. Yes, he is eating.

    10 min
    Board time
    *(Spoken) What we are working on today is called the Present Continuous Tense. We are going to focus on how to talk about what is happening right now. Does everybody understand?
    -Change the pictures on the board to the unused set.
    -Have the students write sentences in their notebooks for each picture. (3-4 minutes)
    -Call on the students to read their sentences and write each one on the board.
    Sentences: They are riding bicycles. They are racing. They are riding bicycles in a race.
    -Explain negative PC (not + be + ing). Call on random students and ask them for a negative PC sentence.
    ^Example: When I call on you I want you to use Negative Present Continuous to tell me something you are not doing. For example, I am not sitting. Okay? Carol what are you not doing? Student answer: I am not cleaning.
    *Be sure to erase board when done so that students can’t use it for help*

    15 min
    Fill in the Blank -Pair Activity ~In cases of an odd number of students, have 1 group of 3 Worksheet: ~21 Questions
    Section 1: Select the correct part of speech (9 questions)
    Students must circle the correct answer from the choices given
    Choices are is, am, and are
    Ex. #1] I (is, am, are) a student
    Ex #2] They (is, am, are) swimming in the pool.
    Section 2: Double fill-in the blank (9 questions)
    Students must finish the sentence by writing the correct part of speech and the Present continuous form of the verb given at the end of the sentence
    Ex w/ answer #1] We _are_ _running_ in a marathon. (to run)
    Ex w/ answer #2] Tiffany is moving the boxes into her bedroom. (to move)
    Section 3: Short answer ( 3 questions)
    Students are given a small picture
    Students must write 3 sentences in the Present continuous form about the picture
    Example answer #1] Santa’s Little Helper is licking Bart.
    Example answer #2] Lisa is gathering flowers.
    Example answer #3] The boy and the dog are playing.

    10 min
    Review Fill in answers: -Ask students for answers. ~Start general.
    ^Example: Who can tell me the answer to number 1? Wait for raising hands, then call on a participating student. ~ After 15 questions, move to specific.
    ^Keep track of who is participating, then call on students who haven’t answered yet. Watch for students who aren’t paying attention. Finish answers from Fill in

    20 min
    Group Activity: Charades
    -Divide students into groups of 5-6.
    -Each group gets a set of cue cards and a sand timer.
    -Cue cards have actions written on them (ex. Walking, swimming, cooking). A student takes a card and acts out the word without talking. The rest must guess the action and use it in a sentence (ex. You are swimming!) before the sand in the hourglass runs out. The first student to get the answer gets the cue card. The student with the most cards wins. The winner of each group gets a small prize (ex. Piece of candy or a sticker).

    16 December, 2016 at 20:09
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    I know you’re busy, but I wanted to make sure you knew that I properly posted my lesson plan.

    Sorry about the inconvenience,
    Sadie Cox

    30 December, 2016 at 21:23
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    Hi Dan,
    Would you be able to help with my lesson plan? I seem to have gotten the engage and activate phases spot on but am having trouble with the study phase. I could share feedback and a revised version of my lesson plan to see if I’m on the right track.

    3 January, 2017 at 20:29
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    Sadie – sorry, I’ve been away for the last couple of weeks. I’ll have a look at your plan tomorrow and post my comments.

    Ani – please read this post first and feel free to repost if it is your final submission.

    5 January, 2017 at 16:33
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    Hi Sadie

    Okay, let’s look at what the tutor said needed to be fixed:

    state the usage of the present continuous tense that is being covered

    You’ve done this, but I would say “actions that are in progress at the time of speaking” rather than “actions that are in progress”.

    elicit the structure of the present continuous tense from the students

    I don’t think you’ve done this. I can’t find a clear stage in the Study part of your lesson where you are eliciting the structure from them. Using one of the examples you have on the board, you’ll need to ask the students to tell you how that sentence is formed, and write that form in your plan (subject + am/is/are + present participle form of main verb).

    elicit the usage your lesson is focused on and include a definition of that usage

    I don’t think you’ve done this. Here’s your first study stage:

    *(Spoken) What we are working on today is called the Present Continuous Tense. We are going to focus on how to talk about what is happening right now. Does everybody understand?

    What you’re doing here is telling them the usage rather than eliciting it from them. You need to use one of the example sentences and ask the students questions which will allow them to understand the meaning. For example:
    “He is playing football”.
    – At the moment or in general? (At the moment)
    – Is it finished? (No)
    – Are we talking about the past, present or future? (Present)

    add examples for my fill-in the blank activity

    You have some examples in there now so I think that’s okay.

    Hope that helps.


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