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I need help with a lesson plan for present continuous tense

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  • kalib
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    17 April, 2010 at 4:07
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    Hi there!

    It is out of frustration that I am writing this post. I am expected to write a lesson plan introducing the present continuous tense for a basic level class. Now, from the vast amounts of posts and information on this topic, I understand that it is an easy thing to do for many teachers…not for me!!

    I’m expected to do the intro, elicitation, presentation (deductive), controlled practice, freer practice and follow up for this lesson plan and I just cannot seem to put all the ideas that I have in head into one cohesive lesson plan.

    I am planning to use lots of pictures, mimes, writing exercises, etc in this lesson and if I can get some help bringing me on the right the track, I would be forever grateful.

    Thank you kindly.
    Kalib

    dltc
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    20 April, 2010 at 23:30
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    Reply To: I need help with a lesson plan for present continuous tense

    kalib,

    it sounds like you are on the right track .. you’re nearly there .. you have the structure of the class (intro, elicit etc) already and the ideas:
    – mimes are great for "what am i doing?" "you are walking" elicitation
    – write up the grammar forms for the class to see "I am verb + ing; you are .. etc"
    – go through some pictures with the whole class for some controlled practice
    – get each student to do a mime and the class to guess what ‘they are doing’ as some practice after you have written up the forms

    That’s really it .. you’ve got it already!

    The key thing that you say is that you have lots of ideas for activities, practice etc .. maybe too many? Remember that you have limited time in a class and at basic level limited attention span (and ability) .. so keep it short, precise and the time will fly. I’ve often seen newly qualified teachers and trainee teachers prepare too much material for a class .. then they try to rush as they realise they have too little time! Prepare a complete but short class and then one or two additional activities which can be used if there is time left over.

    Best wishes,

    Bob


    Bob Golden Director of Studies DLTC Language School Dublin Ireland http://www.dltc.ie

    kalib
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    24 April, 2010 at 6:47
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    Reply To: I need help with a lesson plan for present continuous tense

    Thank you for your reply, Bob. Greatly appreciated.

    Have a great weekend.
    Kalib

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