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It's 12 o'clock! A speaking lesson with no materials

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This lesson plan for primary learners revises the use of the present continuous.

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.

    Language level
    Language Level: 
    Primary level 1