You know how sometimes you plan an activity and expect it to go "just okay," but for some inexplicable reason, something clicks -- and it just plain works? This was one of those activities for me. I used it with my ESL students, and they really seemed engaged. In particular, as I used the activity on the projector, I think that they enjoyed going to the board, taking turns pointing and reading, and even writing on the board to fill in the blanks.
As an ESL teacher for many years, I have seen that students learn better when the grammar is explicitly taught. Using engaging pictures, the PowerPoint teaches two simple present grammar structures:
I am a student. Am I a student?
I study a lot. Do you study a lot?
The PowerPoint not only offers the structure, but it also offers practice and review to make learning the grammar an interactive activity.
Whether your beginning students (or those who advanced without having learned the correct structures) are learning to speak or to read and write, this PowerPoint will provide for them a clear lesson.
Please note that the great thing about PowerPoints is that you can use them for whole class activities, independent study (with computers in the class), or with use of a flash drive, for home study.
The show can be used for one class to support whichever aspect of the simple present you are studying, or it can be used over several days -- to offer support and engagement as student learn the material.
Have fun learning!