Activities for Teaching The Present Continuous
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Teaching grammatical structures can sometimes seem a bit boring or tedious, but there are many activities that can be used to make these lessons more enjoyable and fun. Students seem to enjoy doing activities which allow them to take a step away from the coursebook and, at the same time, be able to practise their language.
The present continuous is a structure which is taught at a low level, though it is very flexible in that it can be used for a variety of purposes and so is present at higher levels too. Because of this, there are a number of different games and activities that can be done to practise the present continuous.
In order to practise using the present continuous for actions that are happening right now, a very popular activity is miming. Prepare cards with verbs on beforehand and let the students act out the action, while the other students have to guess what he or she is doing, giving the answer in a full sentence. This can also work with Pictionary.
A further option is to use Spot The Difference pictures. For this you need two pictures which are mostly the same but with a number of differences. This scene should incorporate characters doing different actions. The students then need to describe their pictures to their partners i.e. what their characters are doing, in order to find out what the differences are.
Another use of the present continuous is for talking about plans for the future, in terms of meetings and appointments. For this use it makes sense to talk about diaries and schedules. Instead of using a generic template from a resource book, why not make it personal and let your students write down their actual schedules for the next week or two. If necessary, extra cards can be made with information on that you want them to add to their diaries – a dentist appointment, for example. The students then try to make arrangements with the other students in the class and so, in order to do so, will compare their diaries by using the present continuous. An alternative version would be to let the students come up with a day for a class outing or party which is convenient for everyone.
The present continuous can further be used when complaining about an action of somebody else’s that has become a habit (usually used with “always”). Students can come up with complaints about imaginary siblings, partners or housemates and then compare with other students to find out who is the “winner”. You usually find that your students are very good at complaining so this activity works very well!
Teaching grammatical structures needn’t be boring. Once the form and the meaning of the structure have been established, there are numerous activities which can be adapted to suit the needs of that particular lesson. In the case of the present continuous, all of the above activities would work well in your lessons.
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- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.