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Present Progressive Oral Practice

This video can be used by ESL teachers to practice the use of Present Progressive in a different and funny way in the class.

How to do it?

  1. Watch the whole video before playing it to your SS.
  2. Explain Present Progressive to the class.
  3. Print this practice out and hand it to your SS.
  4. Instruct them to do the practice and to ask for new vocabulary.
  5. After your SS have finished, write on the board numbers 1 to 34, and then ask them to go to the board and write the -ing conjugation of each verb.
  6. Play the video.
  7. Instruct your SS to say out loud what action is taking placing while the video is being played. Erase the verbs as they are said out loud by your SS.
  8. Pause the video after every clip has ended so SS have the time to think about the actions that were just happening and ask about new vocabulary.
  9. Play some clips twice if the SS ask for it.

Important notes:

  • The video can be used to practice both Present Progressive and Past Progressive as well as other tenses; it is up to the teacher to use the video in the right way.


  • Ask your SS to interrupt the video if needed when saying a Present Progressive sentence. The video or clips can be played again.


  • Encourage your SS to say as many possible ongoing actions as possible.


You may want to use this slideshow to help you explain Present Progressive to your SS:

Present Progressive

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Present Progressive Practice

Complete the following sentences using the Present Progressive. Remember to check the subject and to follow the “-ing rules.”

  1. A guy __________________ (dance) to music.
  2. A guy __________________ (cry) over a girl.
  3. A man __________________ (hold) a bottle of water.
  4. A man __________________ (open) the fridge.
  5. Two guys __________________ (enter) an office
  6. A guy __________________ (yell) using a paper cup.
  7. A guy __________________ (talk) about money problems.
  8. A man __________________ (watch)V..
  9. An onion __________________ (bounce) on the floor.
  10. A man __________________ (knock) the door.
  11. A man __________________ (drink)
  12. A big guy __________________ (stare) with anger at Charlie.
  13. Two men __________________ (talk) at the bar.
  14. Charlie __________________ (dial) the phone.
  15. Someone __________________ (ring) the doorbell.
  16. A guy __________________ (freak out).
  17. A cell phone __________________ (ring).
  18. Charlie __________________ (play) the piano.
  19. Alan __________________ (try) to explain something to Charlie.
  20. Charlie __________________ (cook)
  21. Charlie __________________ (be)
  22. Alan __________________ (read) a book.
  23. Charlie __________________ (be) angry at his fiancée.
  24. Charlie __________________ (try) to open the door.
  25. Alan __________________ (put on) a helmet to Charlie.
  26. Charlie __________________ (get) a pot.
  27. Charlie __________________ (sing)
  28. Charlie __________________ (look) at a guy’s face.
  29. A man __________________ (laugh).
  30. Two guys __________________ (sit) at the bar.
  31. Charlie __________________ (bang) his head into the table.
  32. Charlie __________________ (show) his keys to Alan.
  33. Charlie __________________ (give) money to Alan.
  34. A guy __________________ (pour) water into a paper cup.