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 for preparing such lesson plan. i teach teenagers sometimes they are a little bit lazy to write or read student's book . i was so worried about it and finallyi tried it at my lessons and my students like it very much...

    Thank you for this useful material.I think I can apply this idea in class today. Just in time that we will be tackling about present continuous tense. I guess I can use this not only in speaking, but also in writing activity.

    Thanks for your comment. The timings on all our lesson plans and activities are a guide only, as a lot will depend on the group size, level, motivation etc. I think for this lesson plan if you include the initial setting up of the activity, allowing time for students to draw their own pictures, then the mingle activity and finally the follow up writing, the timing would be at least 60 minutes. Of course, for some groups it could take a longer or shorter time. I hope your students enjoy the lesson!


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