Chapter 8 (Present Continuous Statements—Action @ Non-Action Verbs: “What’s Happening?”) of the New Scenario: Beginning to Use English Grammar in Context, pages 105-116
Who It’s For: (Low– to High-) Intermediate (Self-)Teachers & Helpers That Like Busy Activity Scenes
Why It’s Useful: One of the most fun ways to use Present Continuous Verb Phrases is to describe what is going on right now (at the present moment) in a cluttered setting (in a photo, a drawing, real life—or even a video) in which simultaneous actions are observable. Distinguishing verbs with action meanings from those that describe conditions/states of being, onlookers put them into statements. Communicative activities to answer the question “What’s happening?” will follow naturally.
What You’ll Do: