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TEFL Videos - 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.
Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.
This unit was a little confusing for me. Even as a native speaker, breaking down the phrases that I know so well is not difficult to do, but every moving component is harder to remember. That is where each tense form comes in and adds more detail. This is important to review because I had not learned this even in highschool, and since I am teaching my own language, is is of most importance to know and allow for this knowledge to be spread while teaching. I have learned a lot with this lesson and feel more confident as an english speaker.