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    Present Simple Tense Concept checking

    Hello everyone!

    I am not sure if that's the right section to post my questions.
    Anyways, I would like to get some ideas of how to CCQ the meaning of the present simple tense when teaching pre-intermediate students. Here are some example sentences.

    For example,
    I don't usually like men with beards.
    Which one does she prefer?
    What kind of men do I like? (All taken from English File, pre-intermediate)

    In my view, they don't really refer to the time itself, but just give generalizations.

    I am on the teacher training course, so I am still learning...

    Thank you!

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    Re: Present Simple Tense Concept checking

    You are right. This one belongs in Teaching English.

    Is CCQ an acronym?

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    Re: Present Simple Tense Concept checking

    No. It's an abbreviation - Concept Check Questions.

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    Re: Present Simple Tense Concept checking

    Quote Originally Posted by SofiLei View Post
    Hello everyone!

    I am not sure if this the right section to post my questions.
    Anyway, I would like to get some idea of how to CCQ [?] the meaning of the present simple tense when teaching pre-intermediate students. Here are some example sentences.

    For example:

    I don't usually like men with beards.
    Which one does she prefer?
    What kind of men do I like? (All taken from English File, pre-intermediate)

    In my view, they don't really refer to the time itself, but just give generalizations.

    I am on the teacher training course, so I am still learning...

    Thank you!
    Yes, all your examples are present tense. They all refer to the present. You don't like beards now. Maybe you never did. Maybe you never will. We don't know. We just know that you don't like them now.

    What else do you want to know? Are you wondering about the verb to do?

    What is CCQing?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Present Simple Tense Concept checking

    Quote Originally Posted by SofiLei View Post
    I don't usually like men with beards.
    Which one does she prefer?
    What kind of men do I like?
    Those questions don't check understanding of why the present simple is used in I don't usually like men with beards.

    It's not easy to check it with this particular sentence. You can't contrast it with the progressive form, because LIKE isn't normally used in that form. You can't contrast it with a past or future form, because you may not have covered these yet. I would prefer to check with a dynamic form, such as Fred usually comes to work by bus,

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    Re: Present Simple Tense Concept checking

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    You are right. This one belongs in Teaching English.

    Is CCQ an acronym?
    Yes, CCQ means Concept Checking Questions. They are used to check if students understand the meaning of a new word or grammar structure.

    For example, I used to play tennis.
    CCQ: Do I play tennis now? Answer should be: No
    Did I play it in the past? Yes
    Did I play tennis more than once? Yes

    However, it is not that easy to write these CCQs for other structures....

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    Re: Present Simple Tense Concept checking

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Those questions don't check understanding of why the present simple is used in I don't usually like men with beards.

    It's not easy to check it with this particular sentence. You can't contrast it with the progressive form, because LIKE isn't normally used in that form. You can't contrast it with a past or future form, because you may not have covered these yet. I would prefer to check with a dynamic form, such as Fred usually comes to work by bus,
    Thank you very much for clarification! That's what I thought. I mean it'll be much easier to present or elicit present simple by talking about routines, repeated actions etc. I'll have to convince my trainer)

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