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Simple Present Tense

Simple Present Tense Tip Sheet

It’s not always easy to find a condensed handout that explains the basics of a particular grammatical structure. I recently created this one for the simple present tense for my class. I’m planning to do some activities this week on the simple present, and I want them to have this handy if they forget a particular structure. 

The Sunday Review is Back

If you are learning English, the Sunday Review is a resource that can help you with this process. After a summer break, the Sunday Review is back for the fall semester with a weekly list of sentences with common mistakes for you to analyze and correct. Plan to take 20 minutes each week to sit down with a cup of coffee and teach your brain to recognize common mistakes in English.

be + adjective activity

Be + Adjective Walkabout Activity

As native or fluent speakers of English, we use the verb BE all the time, often without even taking note. Beginners, on the other hand, have difficulty with its uses and very irregular forms. I designed this activity as a vocabulary development activity that also gives students practice using the BE verb with adjectives.

Some and Any Grocery Shopping Activity

My students seemed to enjoy the activity, and it got them up and out of their chairs, which is always a perk in a longer class. The grocery lists contain food items that are on the vocabulary cards. “Shoppers” try and be the first to get all five items on their list by asking questions to the “Vendors.”

Likes and Dislikes

It can at times be a challenge getting beginning students to use the target language. I’ve found that giving them specific meaningful tasks and supports for those tasks can make it easier for them to practice target structures. Giving students a card with a vocabulary word and a picture can give them a talking point and save them time looking up unfamiliar words in the dictionary. Having them work in groups to complete tasks can also help the weaker students because, in my experience, the stronger students are usually happy to explain things to others. I used this set of vocabulary cards in my class for an activity to help students practice likes and dislikes.

Food Vocabulary

A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s a saying I’m sure many of us have heard before. This phrase rings so true in language teaching. Pictures help students make associations with words without having to translate. I use tons of pictures in class. I often display pictures on slides, but recently I’ve also started creating vocabulary cards with pictures. This lets me structure different interactive activities that get students talking and learning in a fun way. These food vocabulary cards can be used in many different ways to get students learning food vocabulary and different grammar structures.

The Sunday Review

This week, TESOL Planner is releasing the first in a series of grammar practice slide shares to offer English learners the opportunity to study and review on their own. If you’ve ever found yourself asking “How can I improve my English?” then The Sunday Review is a great resource to add to your study routine.

Error Correction

Correction Symbols are useful because they help the students see the types of mistakes that they are making, so they can work to eliminate them. After grading something, I’ll often write a note to the student saying something like “review SVA” when I see that the student is making a lot of one particular type of error.

Demonstrative Pronouns Exercise

This activity is great because it gets students out of their chairs and practicing the close / far aspect of demonstrative pronouns in a physical way. During the activity, I could tell my students were connected, engaged, and talking through the grammar with their partner. After the activity, they said that is was fun.

Present Perfect Bingo

Present perfect bingo is a great way to practice question in the present perfect and also the idea that it’s unfinished time; the questions ask about life experiences, and obviously, their lives are unfinished.

Present Progressive Go Fish

As a language teacher, I’m always trying to find ways for my students to practice English in an interactive and interesting way. This activity is a card game which gets students to practice asking questions in the present progressive.