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EFL / ESL Game: What are you doing?

Updated on January 17, 2013

A simple game to practise the present continuous.

This quick and fun game provides a great opportunity for students to practise the present continuous in speaking. It can also be used as a warm-up in Drama classes.

Arrange the class in a circle. The first student or the teacher mimes an action. The student to their right asks them 'What are you doing?' The first student answers using the present continuous. However, they say a different action from the one they were miming. The next student then mimes this action and so it continues round the class.


A: Mimes reading a book

B: What are you doing?

A: I'm brushing my teeth.

B: Mimes brushing his/her teeth.

C: What are you doing?


If the class is weak do a demonstration with 2 or 3 stronger students.


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