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What Are You Doing?

What Are You Doing?

Students look at a picture, and describe what they are doing in the picture. A speaking activity using the present continuous.

Level:  Elementary

Topic:  Daily activities

Grammar:  Present continuous

Time:  30 minutes


  • Prepare two pictures that contain many activities. Label the pictures A and B.
  • Make one copy of the pictures for every two students in the class.



Ask the students to get a partner and sit back to back.


Give each pair of students an A and a B picture. Ask the students to keep the picture to themselves and to not show their partner.


Explain to the students that they are currently at the place in the picture. They are going to call their partner on the telephone and describe where they are and what they are doing. Remind students to use the present continuous.


The students’ task is to have a five minute phone call.


After the phone call, ask the A students to make groups of 4 or 5 people, and the B students to make groups of 4 or 5 people.


Ask the students to discuss their telephone conversations in their new group, and write as many sentences as possible using the present continuous.


Then, pass out the two pictures and ask the students to check their sentences.


Discuss as a class what each person is doing in the picture.


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