a Present Simple/Present continuous picture activity

here is a nice small activity on Present Simple vs Present Continuous for an elementary class, a kind of activity that will help you to refresh the students’ knowledge and once again let them practise (might be good to finalise the grammar topic). It takes 5-7 minutes and is quite dynamic.

present simple present continuous

Here is what you do:

preparation stage: first cut the time cards (always, usually, now.,.,,) and put them onto the table. Ask the students to put them into two groups: Present Simple and Present Continuous. Then ask them to remember how to make all the forms for both tenses, elicit some examples and write them on the board.

give the picture table to the students. the idea is to make sentences lilke “Usually Jane lives in Berlin, but this week she is staying in London”, etc. It’s not very communicative, but here the main focus is on the right grammar form and on the right tense choice. It’s very simple, but it helps to “fasten” the students’ idea of when to use Present Simple vs Present Continuous.

You can either ask the students to make their own sentences (if you think they know the appropriate vocabulary), not forgetting the time words too, or you can help them a bit by giving a list of verbs (see the second page, after “suggested answers”, cut the table into separate cards, ask the students to match the cards to the pictures before proceeding to making the sentences).

About Svetlana Urisman

I am an ADOS and an English teacher (and materials writer) in a language school in Moscow. I have been an ADOS and a teacher trainer for a couple of years and a teacher for about 10 years. I am keen to share some ideas and materials I've developed in order to take them further and not to lose them. You are welcome to use any materials represented in this blog, and I will be happy to get your feedback afterwards if you take them to your classroom! ;-)
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2 Responses to a Present Simple/Present continuous picture activity

  1. Charlotte Hartwell says:

    Dear Svetlana, thank you for your materials! I was browsing for starter materials for Business English, and thought how great your site was; it is super to see somebody so enthusiastic about language teaching. Your site is more personal than some of the corporate sites, and inspired me to get on with my evening’s work… I am English, and teach English to mainly adult learners in Germany. Best wishes, Charlotte

    • Hi Charlotte, thanks so much for your words! It’s so pleasant to read this! Do you teach English In-company or at some language school?
      I hope my materials will work for your students too, and it would be great to get your feedback on them, too.
      Best wishes, Svetlana

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