Present Progressive in Spanish Lessons

Present progressive in Spanish

Present Progressive in Spanish Lessons

Teaching the present progressive is one of my favorite topics for Spanish lessons. The context allows for a lot of fun activities and engagement.

I have created a bundle of activities. Below are some ideas for teaching the present progressive in Spanish in your class:

Day One. Start with the PowerPoint presentation

After you’ve introduced the PowerPoint presentation, do your first set of Immersive Quizzes

After you’ve completed your first immersive quiz, go to the puzzles, and go over the answers together. The last thing for day one is to hand out the verb chart (with answers). The homework is to prepare the oral presentation/show and tell for the next class.

Day Two. Start with your second set of immersive quizzes

The next activity is to have them do their oral presentations. 

When they’ve completed their oral presentations, have them do charades. You’re going to tear up scrap paper into tiny slips where they can write down a verb in the present progressive. For example, tú estás corriendo. Whatever they’re going to write, they’re going to write it in the form. They should give it to you so you can make corrections. After everyone’s completed, they’re writing down their verbs. Again, depending on the size of your class, you might want to have them each do four, or two, or six, or eight- this completely depends on the size of your class. You’ll get lots of duplicates, and so don’t worry about that. At this point it’s really practice and learning the form, that’s your focus. Students will then act these out, so you will hand them a slip (you may need to be corrections). The students will guess what that person is doing, using the right form. They might say él está corriendo. It’s very fun. 

Students should be prepared to take the quiz the next day on the chart (blank).

Day Three. Do another set of immersive quizzes. 

After the immersive quizzes are over, have the students do an interview. They’re going to create a short list of questions. For example, they might write ¿Qué está haciendo Julia ahora?.  I like to do this in pairs or small groups. 

When they’re done, I like to bring everyone together. I write down all the students names on the board. You can even take a Google doc and do a table with a space for each student’s name. You can write it as you talk about that student (as in Language Experience Approach), in another column with a blank space to write what they’re doing. Anything where they can see. Technology works, but old-fashioned works just fine too. You’re going to write down the correct forms of the things they say. 

After they’ve completed this, play Concentration. Students are going to turn them all over and they’re going to be looking for pairs.

For the next class, students should be prepared for the final assessment on this unit, which is going to be writing one paragraph about three things that they are doing in that moment they are taking quiz, and then another paragraph where they are required to write at least five things that one or more people are doing in class at that moment.

Present Progressive in Spanish Lessons

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