Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses - Present Continuous - Miming

 

Another idea for the present continuous tense focuses on the action of miming. Because it's in the present continuous tense, it'll be critical that the student, who is doing miming, continues to do the miming as the students guess what he or she is doing. In order to do this, the teacher will ask one student to come to the front of the class and present them with a card. The card at low levels will just be one word such as 'sleeping,' 'surfing,' 'eating,' or 'playing'. As soon as the student is able to mine any one of those actions, the students continue to guess with 'You are sleeping,' 'You are eating,' 'You are surfing.' Now at higher levels what you could do is continue on from the base of the action and include something like 'You are playing football,' or 'You are playing video games,' 'You are eating spaghetti,' or 'You are eating spicy food.' Once the student at the front of the room doing the mining has successfully gotten their fellow student to guess the action, he or she then has a seat with the rest of the group and somebody else will come up to do another mime. Hopefully, by the end of the class, at least all of the students will have had a chance to come up and mime a certain action.


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I have taught for many years; this section reminded me of the need to establish good rapport; to give clear instructions (I get wordy) and to pay attention to the detail of class and instruction. Asking the questions in the negative was a bit of a chore- since I try to be positive in my work. But it made me reconsider elements of classroom management...In this unit has been explained all there is about course books and different kind of teaching materials in a very clear and simple manner. There is nothing left unclear nor indistinct. This lesson was straightforward, full of useful advice, but was nothing in it to make it more amusing, although I do understand that with this topic that was not possible.


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