4, 6, 8, teaching past continuous

This was a fabulous idea mentioned by Nicky Hockly in her talk at the IATEFL LAMSIG and LonDOSA event this weekend. It’s so simple and yet I can imagine so effective–I can’t wait to use it with my students.

Get your students to set their alarms (on their smart phones of course) for 4 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 8 o’clock. Then when their alarms go off, their homework is to take a selfie doing whatever it is they are doing at that time. The next day in class, look at these photos and start asking questions. Where were you? What were you doing at 4 o’clock? So simple, and yet so brilliant. Thanks Nicky!

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