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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Present continuous drill with Very Funny Dogs

Purpose:  students practice the present continuous by watching a video in which dogs perform several actions.
Level: very basic. Students need to know how to form the present continuous and how to use some action verbs  (see list underneath).
Material: provided video + pen and paper to take notes.
Video Option 1:  you can watch it on-line in the blog (see end of blog).
Video Option 2:  download  the video from my site by clicking HERE
Then you can open it and watch it without an Internet connection. The video has MP4 format. Make sure you have a current version of  your video reader (RealPlayer, Windows Media, VLC,...) installed in your computer. 
Procedure:  tell the students they are going to see some dogs in action. They need to take notes of the actions and after that, in pairs or teams, create as many true sentences in present continuous as they can. The team/pair with more correct sentences is the winner.
Actions:  you may want to copy,  paste and print the list of actions underneath. Some students will know some of the basic verbs, higher achievers will know more verbs. This task caters for  students in a multi-level classroom :

The dog is /dogs are:
Dancing against a window
Skating on the skate board
Falling into the pool
Smiling
Running after a frisbee
Wearing glasses on its behind/rear
Driving a pick-up truck /lorry
Leaning against a wall
Falling from a couch
Eating a bone
Running after a Scalextric car
Posing for a picture (with a cat)
Looking at the camera after being naughty/breaking a flower pot
Belly dancing
Imitating a roadsign
Looking like its/their owners
Skipping
Rolling up against a sofa
Falling asleep/looking groggy
Biting a tree branch and hanging from it
raising its ears
Dressed as an alien
Falling from a sofa head first
Looking out of a window
Being caressed  
Getting dirty with sand
Playing with a toy/a ring
Playing with a baby cat (the cat is biting its ear )
Carrying a dumbbell
Posing for a picture
Laying with a cat
Sitting in a truck, wearing sunglasses, and fixing the rearview mirror with its paw
Picking up its mess (faeces) with a dustpan and broom
Smiling
Flying  around a maypole
Running in circles
wearing glasses while reading a book
Happily looking at the camera
Standing/dancing


THE VIDEO

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