What’s Going On?

Tiffany - author of the lesson   Tiffany | November 10, 2023
General English, Speaking Lessons
Audio, Text
A2 Elementary
Present Continuous
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
What’s Going On? | ESL Worksheets

Lesson Overview

Have you ever had mixed feelings about a situation? In this lesson, students will describe how people might feel in various situations. This lesson features audio of conversations between several people who explain what is happening at the moment. Students will learn and practice the present continuous tense and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and review the present continuous tense to describe ongoing actions and situations. They will practice forming affirmative, negative, and interrogative sentences to talk about activities happening at the moment.

  • Listening: They will enhance their listening skills by hearing audio of conversations in different scenarios, aiming to understand and identify the actions being discussed using the present continuous tense. This includes recognizing the context of each conversation and the activities or feelings being expressed.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions about various scenarios and their own experiences, using the present continuous tense. They will describe what they and others are doing in given situations, discuss how they would feel in similar circumstances, and share personal stories related to the topics.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces vocabulary related to feelings and emotions, such as "worried," "irritated," "stressed," "terrified," "nervous," "excited," and "relaxed." It also covers verbs commonly used with the present continuous tense, including "running," "dancing," "having," "working," and "celebrating," as well as vocabulary for describing situations, such as "conference," "train station," and "night club."

  • Homework: Exercises are designed to reinforce the lesson's focus on the present continuous tense and vocabulary. Students will choose correct answers to describe feelings in different situations, fill in blanks using the present continuous tense, match questions with answers, correct mistakes in sentences using the present continuous tense, and write sentences describing what people are doing based on provided pictures.


Listen to the audio to hear about people who are in a hurry. Whether they are rushing out the door or partying in a loud place, anything that is said to them will go in one ear and out the other.

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

terrified [adjective]: very scared
skydiving [noun]: the sport of jumping out of an airplane and free falling through the air before opening a parachute
stinky [adjective]: smelling in an unpleasant way
photocopier [noun]: an office machine that is used to make copies of documents
conference [noun]: a big, formal meeting where groups of talks on a particular subject are given
chase [verb]: to run and try to catch someone or something
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