PRESENT CONTINUOUS – PRESENT SIMPLE Ludo Game – a fun activity to practice the ever-complicated difference between the two tenses…
The PRESENT SIMPLE contrasted with the PRESENT CONTINUOUS can be practiced easily with a fun game of ludo. I find that it is a recurrent problem which needs lots of practice.
I usually draw a winding ludo board on the blackboard but you can also project the gameboard I have to download on the IWB or else even print a copy for a group of students to play on.
I like to first revise the grammatical differences before dividing the class into two teams and getting them to throw the dice. Each team in turn answers the question according to the number they land on (having previously handed out the photocopied questions to them).
If they answer correctly they can stay on the square where they just landed.
If they make a mistake they go back to the previous square they were on.
The first team to reach the FINISH is obviously the winner.
The game is not at all as easy as it seems and sometimes two answers could be possible depending on interpretation. However, due to its challenging nature it is fun as well as being effective.
You can download the game below.
Hope you have fun with it!
P.S. I forgot to mention that because there are only 55 questions but 60 balls on the board, you then restart from the beginning and number 56 is equivalent to question 1, 57 = question 2, 58 = question 3, 59 = question 4 and 60 = question 5. This is to repeat the trickier questions at the beginning which sometimes lead students to give the wrong answer.
The blue balls can be used or not - as you please. You could allow those landing on a blue ball to throw the dice again for example.
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My name is Susan Brodar, born in London into a multilingual family and brought up bilingual English / Italian.