Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Present Continuous - ESL EFL Games, Activities and Worksheets

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Fun Memory Game

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Here is a fun memory game to help students practice the present continuous tense. The class is divided into pairs and each pair is given a set of picture cards. The students shuffle the cards and spread them out face down on the desk. The students then play a pelmanism game where they take it in turns to turn over picture cards and make sentences in the present continuous about what's happening in the pictures. The aim of the game is to find matching pairs of cards. The first student turns over a card and makes a present continuous sentence about the picture, e.g. 'He's riding a bicycle'. The student then turns over another card. If the activity on the second card matches with the first card, the student makes a present continuous sentence about the second picture, e.g. 'She's riding a bicycle'. The student then keeps the pair of cards and has another turn. If the cards don't match, the student turns the two cards back over, keeping them in the same place. The other student then turns over a card and so on. This continues until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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Get the Picture

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students play a card game where they practice asking and answering present continuous yes/no questions with 'Is he/she...?' and making present continuous negative statements. The class is divided into groups of four. Each student is given a game board and each group is given a set of picture cards. The students shuffle the picture cards and place them face down in a pile. The aim of the game is to be the first player to match all the pictures on their game board with picture cards from the pile. The first player begins by taking the top picture card from the pile, without showing it to anyone. The player then says three things that aren’t happening in the picture by making three negative present continuous statements, e.g. 'He isn't studying'. 'He isn't walking a dog'. 'He isn't playing tennis'. The other players then ask present continuous yes/no questions with 'Is he/she...?' to find out if the picture matches with one on their boards, e.g.  'Is he surfing?' 'Is he writing?' Etc. The player who receives the answer 'Yes, he is', takes the picture card and places it on the matching picture on their board. Then, the next player picks up a picture card and so on. The first player to complete their board with matching pictures wins the game.

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Guess what I'm doing

ESL EFL Miming and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This entertaining miming game can be used to teach or review the present continuous tense. The class is divided into two teams. The aim of the game is for the students in the teams to guess present continuous sentences from mimes. All the sentences are present continuous affirmative sentences beginning with 'You are...' One team goes first and chooses a team member to do the first mime. The chosen student comes to the front of the class and is given a present continuous sentence card. The student asks the class 'What am I doing?' and then does the mime on the card. When a member on either team thinks they know what the student is doing, they call out their answer by making a present continuous sentence, e.g. 'You are eating a pizza'. Team members must say the exact words on the mime card to win. The first student to guess the sentence wins a point for their team. Then, a student from the other team comes to the front of the class and so on. The game continues with teams taking it in turns to mime a sentence until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Guess Who

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this challenging worksheet activity, students play a guessing game where they use present continuous yes/no questions to guess who a partner is thinking about. The class is divided into pairs and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. One student goes first and starts thinking about one of the people on the worksheet. Their partner's task is to find out who the student is thinking about by asking present continuous yes/no questions with 'Is he...?' The student starts by asking about what the person is doing, e.g. 'Is he watching TV?' 'Is he listening to music?' Etc. Once the student knows what the person is doing, he or she goes on to ask about what the person is wearing, e.g. 'Is he wearing a T-shirt?' The student can ask up to five questions and then must guess who the person is. If the student guesses correctly, he or she wins a point and the person is crossed off the worksheet. If not, the student who is thinking of the person wins a point and the person from the worksheet isn't crossed off. The students then swap roles. This continues until all the people have been crossed off the worksheet. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

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Illustrations

ESL EFL Drawing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Here is a creative teaching activity for practicing the present continuous tense. In the activity, students play a game where they guess present continuous sentences from drawings. All the sentences are present continuous affirmative sentences beginning with 'He/She is...' or 'They are...' The class is divided into two teams (A and B). One student from Team A comes up to the board. The student is given a present continuous sentence card. The student then draws the sentence on the board. The student is not allowed to speak or write anything. Team A then has one minute to try to guess the sentence. Teams must guess the exact words on the card to win. If Team A hasn't guessed correctly after one minute, Team B can try to answer. The first student to say the sentence on the card wins a point for their team. Then, a student from Team B comes to the board and so on. The game continues with teams taking it in turns to draw sentences until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Positives and Negatives

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this worksheet activity, students use 20 verbs to complete positive and negative present continuous sentences. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by finding 20 verbs in a word search and writing them in the spaces provided on the worksheet. After that, the students use the verbs to complete ten present continuous sentences. The first part of each sentence is negative and the second part is positive. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class.

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Present Continuous Practice

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 1 Hour

Here is a useful worksheet activity to help students practice the present continuous structure. Each student is given a copy of the two worksheets. Students begin by reading how to use the present continuous tense and reviewing the structure. Students then read a set of situations and write down what they would say in the present continuous tense. After that, students complete a set of voice mail messages by writing verbs in brackets in the present continuous. Students then write their own message about what is happening in the class right now. To finish off, students play a guessing game where they draw present continuous sentences on the board for other students to guess.

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Right or Wrong?

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 50 Minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students play a board game where they recognize errors in present continuous affirmative and negative sentences. The class is divided into groups of four and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students write six present continuous affirmative and negative sentences. Three sentences must be grammatically correct and three must contain errors. The four students then put their sentences together to come up with a definitive set of 24 sentences, marked right and wrong. Students then regroup. A pair from one group joins with a pair from another group to make two opposing pairs (teams). Each pair of opposing teams is given a copy of the game board, four counters and a dice. The students put their counters on square number one. The first student to throw a six wins the chance for their team to play first. A player from the winning team throws the dice and moves their counter along the board. The opposing team then reads one of their present continuous sentences and the player guesses whether it’s right or wrong, without any help from their teammate. If the player guesses correctly, they stay on the square. If they guess incorrectly, they go back to their previous square. The second player from the same team then has a turn, followed by the players from the opposing team, and so on. The first team to have both players finish wins the game.

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What are they doing?

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

This enjoyable worksheet activity is ideal for teaching students how to ask about what people are doing and reply using the present continuous. To begin, the students are presented with twelve pictures of people doing everyday activities. The students write present continuous sentences, describing what the people in the pictures are doing. After that, the students work with a partner and practice asking and answering questions about what the people in the pictures are doing. Finally, students take it in turns to ask and answer questions about what other people in the class are doing.

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What's happening?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Here is an entertaining board game to help students practice the present continuous tense. Each pair of students is given a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Students take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a picture square, their partner asks them a question about what is happening in the picture, e.g. 'What is the boy doing?' The student answers the question by making a present continuous sentence, e.g. 'He is eating a pizza'. If the student does this successfully, they stay on the square. If the student makes a grammar mistake or can't think of what to say, they go back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.

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Where are we?

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students write clues in the present continuous tense to describe what is happening in a particular place. Their classmates then listen to the clues and try to guess where they are. The class is divided into groups of ten and each student is given a card. The students then write clues in the present continuous tense to describe what's happening in the place on their card. The first clue they write is the most difficult to guess and as they write the other clues they gradually make them easier. Students complete the fourth clue, which is the easiest to guess by putting the verb in the present continuous and adding the correct form of the verb to be. When the students have finished, they take it in turns to read their clues to the group. The other students listen and try to guess where they are. The first student in the group to guess the place wins and keeps the card. If a student shouts out a wrong answer, they are out of that round. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

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Man on the Roof

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this intriguing worksheet activity, students write present continuous sentences in English and their native language and then try to find matching translations that other students have written. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students are asked to imagine that there is a man on the roof. The students then write ten reasons why he is on the roof in the present continuous tense on their worksheet, e.g. 'He is repairing a broken TV antenna'. The students write the first sentence in English. The second sentence is in the student's native language. The third is in English, and so on. When the students have finished writing, they cut their sentences into strips. The students' task is to then find accurate translations or semi-translations of what they have written. The students move around the classroom reading their sentences to each other. When two students find they have an accurate translation or semi-translation of a sentence, they write the other student's name down on the strip. The student with the most accurate translations or semi-translations wins. Afterwards, the students go through the present continuous sentences and matching translations as a class and discuss any differences in meaning.

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Present Continuous Party

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 minutes

In this rewarding role-play activity, students assume the identity of someone at a party and talk about their current activities using the present continuous tense. The students are divided into groups of eight and each student is given a role card. The students begin by answering questions on their card about what they are doing at the party and how they are feeling using the present continuous. When the students have completed their role cards, each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students then walk around and speak to the other partygoers in their group. The students ask each other the questions from the role card and write the answers down in a chart on their worksheet using the third person singular. When everyone has finished, students report back to the class on the people they met at the party.

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Present Continuous Taboo

ESL EFL Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 minutes

In this lively teaching activity, students describe present continuous sentences in a game of taboo. The aim of the game is for a player to get his or her teammates to say a present continuous sentence on a card, but the player cannot say the sentence or use the three words on the card. The class is divided into two teams (A and B). One player from Team A comes to the front of the class and is given a taboo card. The player then tries to describe the present continuous sentence to his or her team, without saying the sentence or using the three words on the card. If Team A successfully guesses the sentence within two minutes, they win a point. If they are unsuccessful, Team B has one chance to guess the sentence and steal the point. Then, a player from Team B comes to the front and is given a card and so on. Teams continue taking it in turns to play until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Sketches

ESL EFL Reading, Drawing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

Here is an entertaining drawing game to help students practice present continuous yes/no questions and short answers. The class is divided into groups of four. Each group is then split into two teams of two (Team A and B). Each team is given 15 present continuous sentence cards. The teams draw a picture on each card, according to the present continuous sentence shown on the card. When they have drawn all the pictures, teams take it in turns to guess what the other team has drawn on one of their cards. Team A chooses one of their picture cards and tells Team B who is in the picture, e.g. 'It is a picture of a woman'. Team B then asks present continuous yes/no questions to determine what is happening in the picture, e.g. 'Is she moving?' 'Is she watching something?' Team A replies with short answers as appropriate. If Team B successfully guesses what is happening in the picture, they score one point. If not, Team A is awarded with the point. The teams then swap roles. This continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. You can add in more game elements by limiting the number of questions and having the teams say the present continuous sentence for an extra point when they have guessed what is happening in the picture.

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What are you usually doing at...?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this engaging activity, students play a board game where they use the present continuous tense to describe what they are usually doing at certain times. The students are divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Students take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a square, the person to their right asks them a 'What are you usually doing at...?' question using the time in the square, e.g. 'What are you usually doing at 7:30 a.m.?' The student then uses the present continuous to describe what they are usually doing at that time of day, e.g. 'At 7:30 a.m., I'm usually having a shower'. If a student can’t think of anything to say, repeats a previous sentence or makes a grammar mistake, they must go back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.

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