Purpose: Students practice speaking and listening and the past continuous by making statements about what they were doing at a certain time. They build a chain by repeating what everyone else in the group has said before them, and then adding their own statement. Any number of players can participate.
I do it: (T=teacher/tutor)
- T reviews the past continuous form, using verbs students already know related to daily activities. Provide numerous examples and elicit examples from students.
We do it:
- T states what he/she was doing the day before at 8:00 in the morning.
- T continues by telling what other family members or friends were doing at that time, using while, to start building the chain (see examples below).
- T elicits sentences from students about what they were doing at 8:00 am the day before.
You do it:
- Have students sit in a circle.
- Give students a minute to remember what they were doing yesterday evening at 8:00.
- After giving instructions, appoint one student to begin.
- The next player repeats what the previous student was doing, using while, and adding what he or she was doing.
- Each player repeats all the previous players’ activities before adding his/her own.
Example of a typical pattern:
A: I was watching television at 8:00 last night.
B: While (A’s name) was watching television, I was reading the newspaper.
C: While (A’s name) was watching TV and (B’s name) was reading the newspaper, I was eating supper.