This lesson plan for primary learners at CEFR level A1 and above revises the use of the present continuous. Learners will draw pictures and practise their speaking.

Katherine Bilsborough

This is a drawing and speaking activity that is fun to use with primary classes to revise the present continuous form. It is easy to set up and requires no preparation or materials, except a board and a board pen. Learners will need a piece of paper and a pencil.

This version practises the present continuous form, but other versions can practise other tenses. Children like it because it allows them to practise grammar in a safe environment. By repeating the same question and answer a number of times, learners become more confident and make fewer and fewer errors. They also like it because the drawing adds an element of fun to the activity and allows learners who might be good at drawing but less good at English to excel.


  • To practise the present continuous
  • To practise grammar in a safe environment

Age group
Primary (can also be used with older learners)

CEFR level A1 and above

45 minutes

    The lesson plan can be downloaded in PDF format below.



    thanks it a good idea to use for assesse  speaking assessment in class.  once I tried a method similar to that one and it was useful . Can you provide me with some other speaking activities for grades 7 to 12?

    Your idea is interesting but for students who they are learning English as foreign language not second language.

    thanks, british concil for that kind of lesson plans. sometimes teenagers don't want to write or read any new materials , so it is very exciting for them to learn new information and learn English without writing and reading. so it was  helpful for me to work with teenagers in my classes.

    I have tried it in my class. My students liked it a lot. You were right even students who are not very good at language were involved to the lesson. One of my new students who were not taught English as a foreign language also took part and produced at least 2 sentences. One of my students who always were tense at the lesson because of his language(speech) problems were so enthuastic. Thanks for this awesome lesson plan which make my students happy.


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