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D-04.05 Make Present Continuous Statements with Action vs Non-Action Verbs

D-04.05 Make Present Continuous Statements with Action vs Non-Action Verbs

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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

12 pages 

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: 

[1] In the page 105 Scenario, read (aloud) the two travel letters, noting that “action verbs” appear in the Present Continuous while “non-action verbs” are in the Simple Present. Keeping the forms + meanings in mind, complete Comprehension Checks 8-A to 8-C, go over rules and patterns (including those for spellinging Verbs), and do  any of the following Exercises/Activities 8-D to ***8-H that seem productive. 
[2] Noting that the main use of the Present Continuous covered in this Chapter is to describe immediate or ongoing activity, go “Beyond the Text” to use it to comment on cluttered printed or onscreen visuals or at an actual busy location.


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