English Grammar -- Present Perfect Continuous -- Usage -- TESOL Course


This video explores the usages of the Present Perfect Continuous -- the tense that relates past activities to the present. It implies that the activity is likely to continue in the future or that the activity was in progress for some length of time, or both. The first usage is to talk about an incomplete and ongoing activity, when we want to say how long it has continued. For example, "I have been teaching for ten years." It talks about an action that started in the past and is continuing now. The second usage is to describe recently finished activities that have present results. For example, "He is tired because he has been chopping trees." It is talking about an action that was continuing until very recently. The Present Perfect Continuous emphasizes the action or the activity not the result or the completed action. Gaining a TESOL certificate is the first step towards an exciting and rewarding experience teaching overseas. Our courses will give you the grounding you need to effectively teach the tense system and other grammar points. Visit our site by following the link above for more information on the right TESOL course for you.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

I learned more about the usages for the different types of past tense in the unit. As a native speaker I can use them all correctly, but I was not really aware of when to use then since I use them without thinking. I think this unit was helpful because I have a good understanding of the past tense and also I have new ideas of how to use activities to teach and reinforce the material.This final unit is on so-called troubleshooting. It deals with the most commonly encountered problem situations. Much like in the penultimate unit, based on my own teaching experience I can second every motion herein and appreciate the logically and well structured inventory of situations that may arise in a teacher's life. Did I enjoy this course? Very much so, thank you very much.