We’ve been waiting here for ages

We’ve been waiting here for ages

Objectives: to introduce new grammar, to practice using the Present Perfect Continuous Tense, to enrich their vocabulary, to form pupils’ communicative culture, to develop speech ability and listening skills; to form cross-cultural literacy, to strengthen knowledge of country studying, to train skills of planning and skills of working in an optimal mode, to develop of abilities to compare and comparison.

New words: I’ve been away on business. What have you been doing lately?  to move,  neighborhood. That’s strange .How time flies. To graduate from college or university .It seems like yesterday. I have to get going Glad to have you back

Grammar: the Present Perfect Continuous Tense

Material: computer, interactive board, video, presentation, song, course bookTempo3”, Work book

Methods: listening, watching video, questions, work with multimedia presentation; sing a song, dialogue, comparison, doing exercises, role play.



Procedure of the lesson

  1. a) org moment
  2. Main part. a) Warm-up

       Ex1. P116. Watch the video. Read.

Guide: The next tour of the Cambridge colleges will begin in 5 minutes, at 11 o’clock.

Rachel: Where have you two been?

Dominic: Sorry we’re late. Have you been waiting long?

Becky: Yes, we have. We’ve been waiting here for ages.

Eddie: It’s my fault.

Becky: Surprise, surprise. What have you been eating?

Eddie: Nothing.

Becky: Yes, you have. You’ve got chocolate all round your mouth.

Eddie: Oh. Oh, I stopped for an ice cream on the way here.


Tommaso: How long have you been learning English?

Eloisa: 5 years.

Tommaso: So have I.

Eloisa: Dominic’s been learning English since he was 5.

Tommaso: I hope the tour guide will speak slowly.

Rachel: I’m sure she will.

Guide: Now, this is Queens’ College….

Ex2.p.116 Complete the summary.

(1)Eddie and Dominic are late. Eddie had (2) stopped on the way into town. The group are going to go on a tour of (3) The Cambridge colleges with a guide. The tour starts at (4) 11 o’clock. Rachel is sure the guide will speak (5) slowly. They’re all standing outside (6) Queen’s College.















  1. b) Grammar Presentation.

The Present Perfect Continuous Tense. Explanation.

Affirmative                                                         Negative

I’ve                                                                     I haven’t

You’ve                                                                 you haven’t

We’ve                                                                  we haven’t

They’ve               been waiting (for ages)   they haven’t                      been waiting (for ages)

He has                                                                 he hasn’t

She has                                                                she hasn’t

It has                                                                   it hasn’t


      Questions                                                                     Short answers

I                                                                        Yes, I have/ No, I haven’t

Have             you


they         been waiting (long)?

he                                                                  Yes, he has/ No, he hasn’t

Has                    she



                   Present tense of have+ been+ ing form of the verb

                                               We’ve been waiting here for ages.


      Explanation with using multimedia presentation.

    Video with examples. (songs)


  1. c) Grammar practice. Doing exercises.

Ex3, p. 117 Complete the sentences with the verbs in the box in the correct form of the Present Perfect Continuous.

Have, play, swim, not come, learn, run, not answer, not listen.

2) has been learning  3) have you been having   4) have you been swimming   5) hasn’t been answering  6) haven’t been coming    7) haven’t been listening   8) have been playing


Ex 4, p.117. Look at the pictures. What have they been doing?

2) He has been playing football.   3) They have been making a chocolate cake.   4) They have been taking photos.   5) He has been watching TV.

  1. d) Speaking

Dialogue.  “Neighbors

Tom: Hi Henry, it’s been a long time since we saw each other last. What have you been up to?

Henry: Hi Tom! It’s great to see you again. I’ve been away on business.


Tom: Really, where did you go?

Henry: Well, first I flew to New York for two meetings. After that, I flew to Atlanta, where I had to make a presentation at a company conference.


Tom: It sounds like you’ve been busy.

Henry: Yes, I’ve been very busy. It’s good to be home again. What have you been doing lately?


Tom: Oh, nothing much. I’ve been working in the garden these past few days. Alice has been away for the past two weeks visiting her relatives in Chicago.

Henry: I didn’t know she has family in Chicago.


Tom: Yes, that’s right. We met at university in California. She was born in Chicago and lived there until she went to college.

Henry: How long have you lived here in Colorado?


Tom: We’ve lived here for over 10 years. We moved here in 1998 because I had a new job as a sales representative.

Henry: Have you lived in the same house since you arrived?


Tom: No, first we lived in a condo in downtown Denver. We moved here four years ago. We’ve lived on the street for four years and they’ve been the happiest years of our lives.

Henry: Yes, my wife Jane and I love this neighborhood.


Tom: And how long have you lived in your house?

Henry: We’ve only lived here for two years.


Tom: That’s strange, it seems like you have lived here longer than that.

Henry: No, we moved here in 2006.


Tom: How time flies!

Henry: I have to agree with you on that. It seems like yesterday that I graduated from college. I can’t believe I’ve been working for more than 10 years!


Tom: I’ve been working for more than 30 years! I’m going to retire soon.

Henry: Really? You don’t look a day over 40!


Tom: Thank you. You’re a great neighbor!

Henry: No, really. Well, I have to get going. Work is waiting for me. Have a good day.

Tom:  You, too. Glad to have you back in the neighbor!


                Key Vocabulary

What have you been up to?

I’ve been away on business

What have you been doing lately?

To move


That’s strange

How time flies

To graduate from college or university

It seems like yesterday

To retire

I have to get going

Glad to have you back

        Check your understanding with this multiple choice comprehension quiz

1) Where has Henry been?

 -He’s been away on vacation.

 -He’s been away on holiday.

-He’s been away on business.


2) What has Tom been doing?

 -Traveling to visit relatives

— Working in the garden

— Teaching school


  3) What has Alice been doing?

— traveling for work

— visiting friends in Chicago

 -visiting relatives in Chicago


4) When did Tom and his wife moved to Colorado?

 -10 years ago

 -more than 10 years ago

 -2 years ago


5) How long has Tom long been working?

— more than 10 years

 -more than 40 years

 -more than 30 years


6) How long has Henry been working?

— more than 10 years

— more than 20 years

 -more than 40 years


Ex6, p.117.  Work with a partner. Ask and answer.

  • How long have you been learning English?

Do you find it easy or difficult?

2) Have you been living in your town for a long time?

What are the good things about it?

3) What have you been doing at weekends recently?

What’s your favourite weekend activity?

4) Have you ever been watching (name of a TV series)?

If the answer is “yes”: What do you think of it?

If the answer is “No”: Have you been watching any other TV series?

  1. e) Sing a song “I’ve been looking for a girl …”

So long, I’ve been looking too hard, I’ve been waiting too long

Sometimes I don’t know what I will find,

I only know it’s a matter of time

When you love someone, when you love someone

It feels so right, so warm and true, I need to know if you feel it too

Maybe I’m wrong, won’t you tell me if I’m coming on too strong

This heart of mine has been hurt before, this time I wanna be sure

I’ve been waiting for a girl like you to come into my life

I’ve been waiting for a girl like you, your loving will survive

I’ve been waiting for someone new to make me feel alive

Yeah, waiting for a girl like you to come into my life

You’re so good; when we make love it’s understood

It’s more than a touch or a word can say

Only in dreams could it be this way

When you love someone, yeah, really love someone

Now I know it’s right, from the moment I wake up till deep in the night

There’s nowhere on earth that I’d rather be than holding you tenderly

I’ve been waiting for a girl like you to come into my life

I’ve been waiting for a girl like you, your loving will survive

I’ve been waiting for someone new to make me feel alive

Yeah, waiting for a girl like you to come into my life

I’ve been waiting, waiting for you, ooh, I’ve been waiting

I’ve been waiting (I’ve been waiting for a girl like you, I’ve been waiting).

Won’t you come into my life?


  1. Conclusion of the lesson: a) marks. B) Home task:ex4,5 p106(Work book)