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 the idea.I tried "a scene of the crime"with Past Cont. It was successful.Best wishes .Maria

    thank u  for your idea ) i think it can be funny ) even for adults )

    Sure, thanks I´ll probably use it with the past continuous!

    Thanks a lot.I like the activity much. I 'll practice it out with my students.

    Hi Thank u so much for this valuable contribution . Be sure that many teachers will try to use this simple workable technique mainly to make a sort of tenses review or to switch from a learnt tense lesson  to another new one.

    I like to illustrate the present continuous, or present progressive, formwith a "go-go-go" nickname. This alleviates confusion from unnecessary grammar terms to kids."go-go-go" expresses from then to now, from now to after, etc. in continuum.


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