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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 4,407 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 4,407 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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The King and the Past Simple

The King and the Past Simple

This is a worksheet that I put together for my adult A1 class but I think it would also work well for an A2 class or any other for some good old music culture, for that matter. It contains a biogr ...
1 Views 594 All
Tenses Chart for the Police

Tenses Chart for the Police

This tense chart was made with law enforcement-related example sentences, otherwise it is a normal chart :) I have been teaching law enforcement English for 9 years now, and I made this chart for ...
1 Views 240 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Song Worksheet: You Belong with Me

Song Worksheet: You Belong with Me

Celia
It is a listening quiz, I use it to teach vocabulary and the simple present tense. I like this song because Taylor Swift is a very popular singer, she sings not too fast and students can hear the ...
1 Views 250 Pre-Int
House and Clothing Items

House and Clothing Items

This worksheet is really helpful for reviewing house and clothing items and shapes related vocabulary items. It's also appropriate for the present continuous practice. It's suitable for elementary ...
1 Views 140 Elem
Backpack 1; School Objects

Backpack 1; School Objects

This worksheet is appropriate for young learners studying school objects. It will take 20 minutes.  Hope you find it useful for your classes.
1 Views 128 BegElem
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Song Worksheet: September by JP Cooper

Song Worksheet: September by JP Cooper

Listening activity for beginners, this is useful to study was/were and verbs in simple past, by the way the song is great!  Icludes filling gaps and ordering sentences activities as well. Wor ...
1 Views 184 BegPre-Int
Drama World Talent

Drama World Talent

Marta
This drama is about a television talent show called World Talent, where contestants from around the world compete to see who is the most talented performer. Each week the contestants perform in fr ...
1 Views 2,098 Pre-Int
What Did You Do on Your Last Vacation?

What Did You Do on Your Last Vacation?

LUZ ZUNICO TELLO
It's an amazing worksheet about what ss did on their last vacation.  You'll find here a wordsearch, questions about what people did last weekend, also activities such as reading comprehensio ...
3 Views 2,405 Elem
Do, Does and Can

Do, Does and Can

I have designed this PDT to review the grammar of do/ does and can. Students are asked to write short answers to the questions. It includes two activities and it contains the names of African and ...
1 Views 1,285 Elem
Present Simple vs Present Continuous Pictures

Present Simple vs Present Continuous Pictures

Write sentences using present continuous or simple present based on the pictures given. Add an appropriate adverb. Adverbs of frequency or time. Children take a look at pictures and write a sentence.
5 Views 5,003 Pre-Int
Present Simple vs Present Continuous

Present Simple vs Present Continuous

Students must complete each sentence using the correct form of the verbs in brackets. They also practice the use of adverbs of frequency and other type of adverbs. They must put both the verb and ...
9 Views 3,525 Pre-Int
Find Someone Who....

Find Someone Who....

Delphine
I've designed this worksheet for a class activity which will enable teenage students to work out whether their classmates are adventurous...or not. Students go round the class asking a question st ...
3 Views 4,537 ElemPre-Int
Battleship Do You...? Daily Activities Time Tiger 3 Unit 5

Battleship Do You...? Daily Activities Time Tiger 3 Unit 5

Magdalena
This worksheet helps students to practise time expressions, daily activities and 'do you...?' structure with short answers. It's easy to use- just print it 4 times, two pages for each student ...
7 Views 2,898 ElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: Creep by Radiohead

Song Worksheet: Creep by Radiohead

Teacher Alex Gotardo
It uses the song "Creep" by the British band Radiohead to work on present simple, present progressive and past simple tenses. This is the uncut version so if your students are sensitive to bad lan ...
2 Views 2,928 ElemPre-Int
Movie Worksheet: Jobs

Movie Worksheet: Jobs

Lucka
This worksheet is based on video 3 - unit 3 New Headway Elementary 4th edition; you can use it to revise your students listening skills. They fill in missing (mostly) verbs into the texts. You wil ...
2 Views 3,433 Elem
Present Perfect vs Past Simple

Present Perfect vs Past Simple

Agnieszka
Present perfect vs past simple exercises with key. It can be used as an exercise during the lesson or as homework. It checks if a student can use 'has' instead of 'have' and the third form of irre ...
8 Views 7,487 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Second Semester A2 Level Exam

Second Semester A2 Level Exam

This is an exam which includes exercises on sense verbs, countable and uncountable nouns, expressions with "have got", when to use "how much / many / a lot of / lots of / too and enough". It also ...
3 Views 2,877 Exam
First Semester A2 Level Exam

First Semester A2 Level Exam

This is a test on questions , negative responses and positive responses with verbs "have" , "do", "like + ing", all in present simple. There are also exercises on adverbs, daily routines, places a ...
3 Views 2,481 Exam
Movie Wprksheet: Short Film+ Description Activity ( Past)

Movie Wprksheet: Short Film+ Description Activity ( Past)

English Through Videos
This worksheet is designed to be used with a YouTube video. It helps learners practise the use of past tenses to describe what happened in a short film. Play the video using this link: https://www ...
3 Views 5,422 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Using For and Since (Including Exceptions)

Using For and Since (Including Exceptions)

Bonny Buckley
Do you cringe when you hear students misuse "for" and "since" when they are speaking? This is one page of examples and exceptions with a description of how to use these important everyday words. Y ...
5 Views 3,581 IntAdv
Song Worksheet: Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran

Song Worksheet: Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran

Patricia Arlt
Listening to songs is a nice way to improve listening skills and pronunciation plus you can learn about cultural backgrounds. This is a song worksheet based on "Galway Girl" by Ed Sheeran. Student ...
4 Views 4,973 Pre-IntInt
Snake Board Game (for Elementary Review)

Snake Board Game (for Elementary Review)

This is a marvellous game for elementary students. Basic review for present simple (positive, negative and questions), personal pronouns and prepositions. Realy useful and funny.  You can use ...
1 Views 4,693 BegElem
Expressions Related to Transport

Expressions Related to Transport

Awder
This worksheet contains some very useful expressions related to transport and present perfect practice. It is recommended for elementary to intermediate students. The students have a look at the s ...
4 Views 7,217 ElemPre-IntInt
Present Simple (Pronunciation -S/-Es)

Present Simple (Pronunciation -S/-Es)

Tatiana Buzuverova
This ppt is for student of elementary level (or it may be used for all levels if students have problems with the present simple pronunciation). It helps to practice how to read -s/-es of the verbs ...
2 Views 2,951 All
I'm a Star

I'm a Star

Victoria
Students have to imaigne they are their favourite famous person and write about him/her. After completing the worksheet students have to introduce themselves as if they were that person. As a spea ...
2 Views 5,825 Elem

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