Present Continuous with Future meaning – Interrogative form with Question Words

You will study the Present Continuous with Future meaning in the interrogative form with Question Words.


Present Continuous with Future meaning – Interrogative form with Question Words

Aboriginal Australians’ celebration

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

What are people celebrating next week in Townsville, Australia?

Aboriginal Australians are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their landmark victory over land rights. It was on 3 June 1992 that the Australian High Court overturned more than 200 years of White domination of land ownership. The victory was largely down to one indigenous man called Eddie Mabo. That’s why the legal decision is universally known as “Mabo”.

Eddie Mabo, the man who changed Australia. Retrieved and adapted March, 2017 from

Getting started: Eddie Mabo

Instructions: Read the following text to do the activity suggested:

Born in 1936, Mabo started life like so many other indigenous people, deprived of a meaningful education, denied access to whites-only buses, cinemas, even toilets. This was apartheid in Australia. He married Bonita, his teenage sweetheart and with whom he had 10 children. Mabo ended up on the mainland working a number of jobs, including laboring on the railways.

It was during a stint as gardener at the James Cook University at Townsville in Queensland that his eyes were opened to the greatest injustice his people had ever been subjected to. In 1974, he became involved in a discussion with two academics. He told them of his dream of ending his days on Murray Island, on the ancestral land that had been handed down through his family for 15 generations. The two scholarly figures told Mabo that he didn’t own the land and that it was Crown land. Mabo expressed disbelief and shock. Mabo gained an education, became an activist for black rights and worked with his community to make sure Aboriginal children had their own schools. He also cooperated with members of the Communist Party, the only white political party to support Aboriginal campaigns at the time.

Mabo rejected the more militant direct action tactics of the land rights movement, seeing the most important goal as being to destroy the legal justification for what he regarded as land theft. He petitioned, campaigned, cajoled and questioned Terra Nullius for 18 years. In June 1992, a panel of judges at the High Court ruled that Aboriginal people were the rightful custodians of the land.

Eddie Mabo, the man who changed Australia. Retrieved and adapted March, 2017 from

US General Information

Instructions: Choose T (true) or F (false) for the following statements.

Eddie Mabo was born in 1936.

He deprived of a meaningful education.

There wasn’t apartheid in Australia.

Mabo was an activist for black rights.

Let’s learn how to use Question Words in the interrogative form.

Instructions: Read about the interrogative form with Question words:


We use the present continuous to talk about arrangements for events at a time later than now. There is a suggestion that more than one person is aware of the event, and that some preparation has already happened.


Look at the following examples in the interrogative form with Question Words:

Question WordAuxiliary To BeSubjectVerb + ingComplement?Specific answers
Whereareyouwatchingthe new Hugh Jackman’s movie?In a cinema near my house.
HowisRussel Crowetravellingfor the next Sydney festival?By plane.
WhenisCate Blanchetpresentingher new movie?Next month.



Auxiliary verb

Instructions: Make questions in present continuous with future meaning with the following prompts.

  1. What / you / do / next week. ?
  2. Which conference / you / attend / on Friday. ?
  3. Who / give / the conference that day. ?
  4. At what time / it / start. ?
  5. How long / it / last. ?
done Check


Eddie Mabo

Instructions: Unscramble the words to make questions.

  1. about / the conference / Where / Eddie Mabo / is / tomorrow morning. ?
  2. traveling / When / to Perth / are / for the conference / you. ?
  3. is / the lecturer / about / What / saying / Eddie Mabo? ?
  4. about / Who / a short / Mabo's / is / speech / main ideas / giving. ?
  5. saying / tomorrow / Are / What / about him / you. ?
done Check



Instructions: Match the questions to the answers.

James Cook University at Townsville.Line 7.In the Airport.In two minutes more or less.I am taking a ferry to Circular Quay.

1. What time is are you leaving to Townsville? ______________

2. Where are you getting the train to go Mabo´s conference? ______________

3. Which line are you taking to the South West? ______________

4. Where are buying a travelling card? ______________

5. How are you getting to the conference about Eddie Mabo? ______________