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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 4,368 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 4,368 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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Movie Worsheet: What Is Mr Bean Doing? Present Continuous

Movie Worsheet: What Is Mr Bean Doing? Present Continuous

English Through Videos
This is a fun video activity to practise using the present continuous (present progressive) tense. The video shows Mr Bean doing various activities. Learners must watch the video and describe the ...
7 Views 5,486 BegElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega

Song Worksheet: Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega

Mario Lecluyze
This is a song activity that can be used to practise or/and revise the present continuous tense. Moreover it is a differentiated listening activity for three levels. The levels are indicated with ...
3 Views 3,385 ElemPre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: What Makes It Snow ( with a Short Story)

Movie Worksheet: What Makes It Snow ( with a Short Story)

Olga
This is a quick task about winter  which you can use as a time-filler or lead-in. Includes a typical watch and answer task as well as a description of the process. I have also put a picture t ...
1 Views 2,516 ElemPre-IntInt
Daily Routines, Matching Game

Daily Routines, Matching Game

This is a matching game. Cut the cards and write numbers 1-24 on the other side. Divide your class into two teams. Students take turns to choose two numbers. If those two numbers match one another ...
3 Views 3,804 Elem
Movie Worksheet: Peppa Pig. Lunch

Movie Worksheet: Peppa Pig. Lunch

This worksheet was made to revise meals of the day, fruit and vegetables, present simple, quantity of food (some; a glass/cup/bowl /piece of smth.), the "Would you like some...?" questions and pos ...
1 Views 2,488 Elem
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Past Continuous- Crime

Past Continuous- Crime

MargaGracia
This worksheet was devised as part of a didactic unit on crime, mystery and detective fiction. Since many of the police and detective questions tend to be in the past continuous, I decided to mix ...
9 Views 7,031 ElemPre-IntInt
Tenses Table

Tenses Table

Nikki
This is an overview of the different tenses in English: present simple, present continuous, present perfect, present perfect continuous, past simple, past continuous, past perfect,  past perf ...
6 Views 7,665 All
Movie Worksheet: Animal Classification

Movie Worksheet: Animal Classification

Trần Phương Bảo Ng
This worksheet should be used after your students watch Animal Classification for Children by Free School on Youtube. This will help your kids recognize and remember different types of animals. I ...
2 Views 3,177 Pre-Int
Present Perfect Simple vs Present Perfect Continuous

Present Perfect Simple vs Present Perfect Continuous

Youlie
It focuses on the common mistakes made when using these tenses. It also contains an exercise and some theory on the subject. There is a list of mistakes that are corrected and the correct ans ...
4 Views 3,450 All
Word Order in Questions

Word Order in Questions

Sofiavis
First there is an explanation of how to ask questions in present simple using the verb to be and other verbs. Then  there are exerices to support the theory. The answers are provided and it i ...
7 Views 4,412 Pre-Int
Present Simple (Pronunciation -S/-Es)

Present Simple (Pronunciation -S/-Es)

Tatiana
Sometimes students know perfectly how to create a present simple form but they make mistakes pronouncing the verb form. This is a simple exercise to check or just practice the pronunciation of the ...
3 Views 2,474 Elem
Bingo, Daily Routines

Bingo, Daily Routines

Cut the cards and give each pair a bingo card. Name the activities randomly and students cross them out of their card. When they cross all the activities out, they call out Bingo. The first team t ...
5 Views 5,242 Elem
Volcano Game, Past Simple and Directions

Volcano Game, Past Simple and Directions

This ppt is a good game for your students to review past simple and directions. Divide your class into 2 teams. Students are going to choose letters by chance. Each question has got a point and if ...
6 Views 7,460 Elem
Song Worksheet: Fairytale of New York by Christy Moore

Song Worksheet: Fairytale of New York by Christy Moore

Paul Rooney
The song is a cover of the Christmas classic by the Pogues, performed by Christy Moore on the Jools Holland show. The song begins and ends with a short anecdote giving some background to how the s ...
2 Views 4,033 Pre-IntIntAdv
American Cinema, Reading Comprehension

American Cinema, Reading Comprehension

rosalba zacchi
A reading comprehension about the 'golden age' of Hollywood and the cinema of the past. There's a true-false exercise and some open questions mainly for the simple past tense. It can be used to te ...
5 Views 3,557 Pre-Int
Present Continuous Tense

Present Continuous Tense

tamara
This presentation can be used for elementary students to practice the present continuous tense. First children revise the verb to be. The dragon helps them to do it. The kids easily remember the f ...
1 Views 5,186 Elem
Movie Worksheet: Humans in 1000 Years - Asap Science

Movie Worksheet: Humans in 1000 Years - Asap Science

Flavia
This is a listening worksheet based on a YouTube Video: ASAP Science - Humans in 1000 years. Students have to fill the gaps, answer questions and write their opinion about what humans will be &nbs ...
4 Views 4,003 Pre-IntInt
Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare

Catherine and Andréia
This speaking game is for students to freely talk about their lives and experiences. It is based on a game students usually play with an empty bottle. They have to sit in a circle and turn a bottl ...
1 Views 2,885 IntAdv
Test- Grade 8

Test- Grade 8

nergis memili
This is a test for grade 8. The answer key is included. Here you can find questions about some grammar like simple past and the past continuous tense. Also there are some questions about suggestio ...
1 Views 3,585 Elem
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 ...
2 Views 7,790 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 3,267 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 ...
2 Views 5,098 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 ...
6 Views 5,163 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 ...
3 Views 2,333 BegElem
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 ...
3 Views 2,279 BegElem

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