I’m currently doing assignment 3 of the TEFL academy course.
I am required to plan a 50 minute grammar lesson to introduce the past continuous to describe interupted actions in the past. The class are A2 monolingual learners aged 14-16 years old.
I have to use a standard PPP procedure and make it engaging to interest teenagers.
I’m really struggling to think of an appropriate context to present the target language with which I can use for later activities. Nothing seems to work! I was going to tell a story about how I was planning a party for the class and was making them a cake but the cake was stolen using example sentences such as:
Joey was sleeping when the cake disappeared.
Phoebe was playing guitar when the cake disappeared.
Monica was cooking when the cake disappeared.
But after doing loads of work on it I’ve realised that’s not really an interrupted action but more of a simultaneous one because they could carry on sleeping/cooking etc so I’ve done it all wrong!
Any ideas on a suitable presentation context? I haven’t got much time left and am stressing a lot right now!
23 June, 2018 at 11:43
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I am doing the same course and currently doing the same assignment! I imagine you have finished it now but just wanted to let you now that I had the same confusion!
I did some more reading and realised that it doesn’t matter if the action in progress stops or continues. I hope you didn’t scrap your work!
I have found this course a real struggle and wonder if it’s just me!!!
I would love to now how you got on.
24 July, 2018 at 5:48
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Just when I was at my wits end with this assignment, I see others have gone before me; a small comfort.
I am really struggling to get this assignment finished.
Even the most basic task within it feels like a complete curve-ball.
Like the Warmer: “A fun interactive activity, usually related to the rest of the lesson in some way. Typically introduces the topic to be used as the context in the presentation” I tried adapting an activity I saw online involving balloons with sentences containing the target language (past cont.) cut up inside them, with the students split into groups having to race to burst the balloons and make the sentences. Thought I’d finally broken through the block wondering ‘What the **** am I going to do for the warmer?!’
But the more I look at it and the description of the warmer, I feel as though I am way off track.
Or the Presentation. How does one elicit the Past Continuous? Or the Pronunciation? Just the entire thing is stressing me out to no end.
I know I may be coming off as totally dense but I just don’t know where to begin with this assignment. I’m not looking for a free lesson plan or anything else off the check-list, but Any guidance to help me get this course Finally done would be very much appreciated.
25 July, 2018 at 14:04
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Have a look at this post on lesson planning
I would have a look at this post on lesson planning: