Getting to grips with when to use the present simple and when to use the present continuous can be difficult for English learners- even for factory managers and marketing executives. Using the two tenses correctly can, moreover, prove particularly challenging for speakers of languages where no differentiation between these forms exists, as is the case for the German-speaking participants I teach.
Over time, I´ve developed a strategy for teaching the two tenses and the differences between them which always seem to work. Here I´d like to share it with you. All you need is something to write on and some pens.
One of the keys to the success of this input and practice session is avoiding the use of the words present simple, present continuous and any other “grammatical” language for as long as possible. Our participants are not CELTA trainees, they need to know how to use the language to talk about their work and their lives.