Present Continuous with Question Words

You will study how to make questions in the present continuous using "what", "where", "why", "how" and "who"


Present Continuous with Question Words


UNESCO (1945),Wikimedia

Instructions: Read the text. Look at the words in bold.

What is UNESCO working for?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris. Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter. It is the heir of the League of Nations International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation.

Unesco. Retrieved October, 2016 from


Getting started: UNESCO objectives

Instructions: Read the following information about UNESCO.

UNESCO pursues its objectives through five major programs: education, natural sciences, social/human sciences, culture and communication / information. Projects sponsored by UNESCO include literacy, technical, and teacher-training programs, international science programs, the promotion of independent media and freedom of the press, regional and cultural history projects, the promotion of cultural diversity, translations of world literature, international cooperation agreements to secure the world cultural and natural heritage, and to preserve human rights, and attempts to bridge the worldwide digital divide. It is also a member of the United Nations Development Group.

Unesco. Retrieved October, 2016 from

Instructions: Drag the correct answer.

United Nations Development Group
The promotion of independent media and freedom of the press
Education, natural sciences, social/human sciences, culture and communication /information

1. Which are the major programs UNESCO is following?

2. Which is one of the projects that are being sponsored by UNESCO?

3. Who is UNESCO working with?


Present Continuous with Question Words

Instructions: Look at the following information about Present Continuous with Question words:


a) The Present Continuous tense is used to express actions that are in progress at the time of speaking.

b) Question words are used to ask for specific information.

c) After question words we use the verb To Be as an auxiliary and we add ING to the main verb. Examples:

Why are you studying English?

Where Is she working?

Which novel are they reading?

Question word Auxiliary To Be Subject Verb+Ing Complement? Answer
What is UNESCO doing for education? Creating programs.
Where is it working now? All over the world.
Why are some people supporting it? To have a better world.


Present Continuous with Question Words

Instructions: Make questions in the Present Continuous with the following promps.

  1. Where / UNESCO preparing teachers?
  2. Why / it working with UN?
  3. How many countries / helping them?
  4. Which countries / supporting education according to UNESCO?
  5. What / the institution pursuing?
  6. doneCheck


What are they doing?

Instructions: Complete the questions with the appropriate form of the verb To Be.

  1. What they doing?
    They studying in the library.
  2. What she doing?
    She playing the piano.
  3. What he doing?
    He reading a magazine.
  4. What you doing?
    I eating in a restaurant.
  5. What she doing?
    She riding a bike.
  6. doneCheck


Complete the sentences.

Instructions: Choose the right options in the following mini dialogues.

1. What is/are they doing?
They are read/reading

2. What is he do/doing?
He is/arewriting a letter to UNESCO.

3. What am/is she doing?
She is walk/walking in the park near UNESCO.

4. What am/are you doing?
I am/are taking notes for the lecture.

5. What is/are you doing?
We am/are listening to a lecture about education.