I need some help with an ESL teaching assignment. Its part of the pre-assessment and I need to pass this!
The sentence is: I’ve been waiting here for over an hour.
‘I’ve bee waiting’ is what I have to discuss.
I understand that the form is subject+have/has been+verb-ing
Now I have to state in the simplest possible language what the target language actually means, features of pronunciation, and a few eliciting questions I would ask in order to present the current situation/context or picture I would use. I also have to list anticipated difficulties my students may have.
6 January, 2014 at 13:00
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Reply To: ESL Teaching Assignment
For the meaning, ask yourself these questions:
– When did the action of waiting begin?
– Is the person still waiting now?
– Will he/she likely continue to wait in the future?
– Do you have the impression from the sentence that the person thinks an hour is a long time to wait, or a short time? In other words, is he/she happy?!
Asking yourself these quetions gives you the meaning, and should also help with elicting/concept check questions.
For pronunciation, think about what happens to the vowel sound in the word "been".
For a possible picture, how about someone waiting at a bus stop in the rain, looking unhappy.
Hope that helps. Too late now for your assignment I guess but maybe it’ll help for the future.