The Past Tenses - Past Continuous - Teaching Ideas


This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. In this video, we take a look at the past continuous tense and suitable teaching ideas for this tense. The past continuous is very conducive to using pictures and talking about actions. We give our group of students cards with images and ask them to create sentences for what the people in the picture were doing at a certain time in the past.

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This unit discusses course books and other materials that are useful teaching language skills Course books are prepared to fit the students? level of competency but are limited in the breadth of material that they present. Authentic materials can include almost anything, but they can often be hard for students with limited abilities to understand. However, they are real and therefore more interesting and using them reflect real world uses of language that can increase the students confidence in their language skill. Since so much is available there is a wide variety of materials from which to choose materials appropriate to the student needs and interests. Created materials have been designed specifically to provide exerciszes appropriate to topics and levels of skills. There are many sources from which they may be obtained. Several printable and useable examples are provided. Course books usually provide a set of materials for both the teachers and the students to be used in a progressive sequence of lessons. These are what most students expect to be using and provide an organized set of resources for teachers to use which cover a mix of grammar, vocabulary and skills work. These can be especially helpful for beginning teachers. The disadvantages of Course Books are several especially if their rigid structure doesn?t fit the particulars of the culture or the students interest and capabilities. They can also make the teachers lazy and may prevent him or her from really customizing the materials to fit the students needs. The best use of course books is as one of several sets of materials to be used in conjunction with many others, as will create the best course of learning for each class of students. The teacher should feel free to omit, replace, supplement and adapt the book lessons in order to get the best results. Course books should be selected and evaluated according to several criteria including: Price; Availability; Design; Methodology; Skills included; Difficulty; Syllabus; Topics; the quality of the teachers Guide; and what ancillary materials are provided to accompany the books.

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