English Grammar - Past Continuous - Teaching Ideas 2 - TEFL


For this TEFL teaching idea we ask the students to look at a scene in a hospital where there are several people doing different things. Students are given time to memorise the picture before it is turned over. The students would then be asked to say what the people were doing in the picture. For example: A nurse was giving a patient an injection. A man was pouring a glass of water. As the trainer notes in the video, this activity can be adapted to make it into a competition by having students in teams compete to remember as many actions as they can. Grammar points such as this are often seen as fairly boring to most English language students, especially those who do not choose to study English. So being able to come up with ideas that encourage students to practice the grammar in interesting ways is an important part of being an English teacher. Taking an online TEFL course with ITTT will give you an understanding of the grammar points that you need to teach when starting out as a new teacher of English and will also give you some great ideas on how to teach them. Follow the link above to find the right type of online TEFL course for you.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

During Unit 6, I learned about past tenses. More specifically, I learned that the system of present tenses is similar to that of past tenses. All continuous tense forms feature the verb \"to be\" + verb[-ing]. All perfect forms feature the verb \"to have\" + past participle form of verb ([-ed]/[-en]). All perfect continuous forms feature the verb \"to have\" + \"been\" + verb[-ing].In this unit I have learned that the words are classified according to its purpose and the meaning it adds. Knowing the parts of speech and how to construct them correctly will make teaching the language more effective. Understanding the rules of each part of speech also make it easier to provide example conversations and how to explain phrases that learners can follow confidently.

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