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While some aspects of a new language are fairly easy to teach, tenses can pose a challenge because they vary so much from one language to another. ESL teachers - particularly new ones - tend to struggle a little with teaching tenses, because it’s not always easy to explain exactly how a given tense works in English; or how it contrasts with other, similar tenses. Throw in the problem of teaching tenses in ways that keep students active, interested, and learning, and you’ve got a recipe for a difficult lesson on your hands.

Not all teachers handle these issues in the same ways. The classic approach would be simply to drill students on grammar until they get it right - but that approach has fallen out of use, in favor of a more integrated teaching method that combines speaking, reading, activities, and other forms of learning. The challenge for the modern ESL teacher, then, is to find ways of presenting each tense that enable the students not only to learn it correctly, but also to be able to produce it and use it dynamically in sentences.

That’s exactly where BusyTeacher.org’s 4,342 verb tense worksheets come in. They’re designed by real ESL teachers to help students see how each tense is used, see examples of different applications for it, and practice using it in all kinds of different exercises. With these worksheets, teaching tenses turns from a dull repetitive process into an engaging series of learning activities, that’ll inspire your students to take what they’ve learned out of the classroom and use it in their actual English conversations.

Our 4,342 tense worksheets cover each tense in the book, from present simple to future perfect continuous - and all things in between. They cover singular and plural verbs, irregular verbs, active and passive verbs, positive and negative verbs, and every other form of a verb you want to teach. In combination with the more rigorous rules laid down in your school’s textbook, these worksheets will give students the practice they need to understand every way in which English verbs can be formed.

In addition to all the verb forms our worksheets cover, they’ll also help you introduce variety into your classroom in another way: by giving you a wide variety of different exercises for practicing verbs in various situations. Some of our worksheets, for example, include simple examples and fill-in-the-blank exercises - while others will help your students organize little drama presentations, play games like “pronoun dice” or a quiz show, or read silly stories and lyrics to popular songs - all targeted at teaching the rules for using one particular verb tense or set of tenses.

These worksheets have been proven to work in classrooms of ESL teachers around the world - and in fact, that’s exactly who contributed them to this site. They’re all free to download and use without any registration, and you’re even free to submit your own worksheets if you’d like - just click the “Submit a worksheet” button at the bottom of this page, and join our international community of English teachers helping English teachers!

All our worksheets can be previewed in thumbnail view before you click and download them - so just take a scroll down this page, see what catches your eye, and try out anything that looks interesting in your classroom. We guarantee you’ll love the results!

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GRAMMAR TIP:What Is a Verb Tense?
A verb tense is a grammatical category that locates a situation in time, to indicate when the situation takes place. Some typical tenses are present, past, and future. Tense can make finer distinctions than simple past-present-future; past tenses for example can cover general past, immediate past, or distant past, with the only difference between them being the distance on the timeline between the temporal reference points. Such distinctions are not precise: an event may be described in the remote past because it feels remote to the speaker, not because a set number of days have passed since it happened; it may also be remote because it is being contrasted with another, more recent, past event. This is similar to other forms of deixis such as this and that.
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How Are You Feeling Today?

How Are You Feeling Today?

Helen Close
I give students the worksheet with faces/no description face up and we try to identify the feelings. I photocopy the sheet with feelings identified on the back. We go through a number of feelings ...
1 Views 3,133 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv
Questions Drill (for Russian Speakers)

Questions Drill (for Russian Speakers)

This is a great worksheet for practising  questions with elementary students. They have to create questions with given words and tips. Print it on the color paper, cut it, make it one column ...
2 Views 1,883 BegElem
Action Verb

Action Verb

Prepare a list of main texts you want to practice. For example if you want to practice making sentences using the simple past tense, choose a number of verbs as your main text,  e.g., read, e ...
1 Views 3,186 ElemPre-Int
Game: Daily Routine- Volcano

Game: Daily Routine- Volcano

This game is appropriate for reviewing time, daily routine and present simple. It's suitable for young learners. Divide the class into 2 groups ask them to choose a number, back of each number th ...
4 Views 2,810 BegElem
Anne of Green Gables (Story Book)

Anne of Green Gables (Story Book)

This worksheet is appropriate for improving students' listening skills. It's suitable for elementary students. This is based on the story book called "Anne of Green Gables". Hope you find it ...
2 Views 1,339 BegElem
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Under the Bridge (Story Book)

Under the Bridge (Story Book)

This worksheet is appropriate for improving students' listening skills. It's suitable for elementary students. This is based on the story book called "Under the Bridge". Hope you find it usef ...
2 Views 1,230 BegElem
Daily Routine (Listening)

Daily Routine (Listening)

This worksheet is appropriate for practicing listening and daily routine activities. This is based on the book Tactics for Listening, Basic, unit 4. It's suitable for elementary students ...
2 Views 2,355 BegElem
Daily Routine

Daily Routine

This worksheet is appropriate for elementary students. It is useful for talking about students' daily routine activities. Good luck.
2 Views 5,161 BegElem
Talk about Your Likes and Dislikes

Talk about Your Likes and Dislikes

This worksheet is helpful for practicing speaking skills in class and also it's appropriate for practicing present simple. It is based on the book: "Oxford Word Skills"- Basic, unit 48 and 50.&nbs ...
3 Views 3,993 BegElem
Past Simple vs Past Continuous Powerpoint

Past Simple vs Past Continuous Powerpoint

Afni Yusuff
This powerpoint slide is excellent for teachers to explain the difference between simple past and past continuous (progressive). The slides are detailed with interesting animations, pictures, soun ...
9 Views 2,578 All
Past Continuous Presentation Powerpoint

Past Continuous Presentation Powerpoint

Afni Yusuff
This powerpoint slide provides a detailed and complete explanation of the format, sentence structures and examples of past continuous (progressive).  It makes explaining the rules much easier ...
3 Views 1,450 All
Past Perfect Powerpoint

Past Perfect Powerpoint

Afni Yusuff
This powerpoint provides complete explanation and examples of the  sentence structures. It also provides pictures and  differences between past simple and past perfect so students are ab ...
5 Views 1,427 All
My Day

My Day

Jovita
I have created this worksheet to help my students to develop elementary speaking skills. There are 2 activities. In the first activity students are asked to describe their day looking at given pic ...
2 Views 1,697 Elem
There Is/There Are for Children (with Drawing)

There Is/There Are for Children (with Drawing)

William Work
This PDF document allows children to practise the "there is/there are" sentences with fill-ins. There are also drawings beneath the sentence practice for the child to then draw the object, e.g., a ...
3 Views 1,744 BegElem
Listening: Pronunciation for Portuguese Speakers

Listening: Pronunciation for Portuguese Speakers

This is a simple listening activity addressed to Brazilian learners, but of course it can be applied to all students. I adapted this activity from a book, called Take Over, by Denise Santos. The a ...
3 Views 832 BegElem
Song Worksheet - Pretty Woman

Song Worksheet - Pretty Woman

I have decided to prepare this song acitivity to get basic students more engaged. It is a great song, and they will fully understand some verbs and expressions, for they are not so complex. As men ...
3 Views 2,967 BegElem
The Story Sequence

The Story Sequence

Tips: -Ask the students to rearrange the pictures. - You may ask them to draw the lines to connect the sentences. -The questions can be asked like : What is the boy doing with spade? (They should ...
2 Views 1,759 ElemPre-Int
Battleships - Past Simple Questions

Battleships - Past Simple Questions

Alena
It is played the same as a regular Battleships game in pairs. Students mark their fleet (I laminate my worksheets for students to use erasable markers) and use either different design or different ...
11 Views 10,180 ElemPre-Int
Verb Tenses

Verb Tenses

Veronica
Verb tenses are tools that English speakers use to express time in their language. You may find that many English tenses do not have direct translations in your language. That is not a problem. By ...
5 Views 6,825 Pre-IntInt
Like and Don't Like - Speaking Activity

Like and Don't Like - Speaking Activity

Cristian Alexander
Students will have to ask their partners: do you like...? They will practice the structure: I like.... I don't like, then they will able to make a short report about the results obtained in the su ...
9 Views 10,630 BegElem
Famous People

Famous People

This file includes some information about some famous people. It contains their names, nationalities, ages, occupations and their website addresses. You can use this worksheet to practice greeting ...
4 Views 6,997 Elem
What Is Their Nationality?

What Is Their Nationality?

Marcos
What is their nationality ?  The worksheet deals with 4 people, their nationality, names and place of birth. It can help ESL students asking questions.
3 Views 3,138 Beg
Present Perfect for Elementary Students

Present Perfect for Elementary Students

Blaaahh
Here's a brief explanation of present perfect for elementary students. It contains a brief explanation with ever. There's no exercises put in this ppt, only the explanation. Simple and d ...
4 Views 5,116 Elem
Orientation Session Game

Orientation Session Game

I have designed this game for the first session of my class. It includes these topics: action verbs, food, and toys. The grammar focuces on present simple and present continuous. Divide your class ...
4 Views 3,063 Elem
Future Forms

Future Forms

Students find it difficult to differentiate  between future forms. When you make it clear and teach them to visualise the situation it's easier for them. 1) A dark cloud refers to the be goi ...
3 Views 4,485 Pre-IntIntAdv

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