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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 4,310 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 4,310 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 Worksheet: Mr. Bean at the Hospital (Mixed Past Tenses)

Movie Worksheet: Mr. Bean at the Hospital (Mixed Past Tenses)

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise using mixed past tenses, including past simple, past continuous, and past perfect. The video shows Mr. Bean at the hospital. Learners must combine two senten ...
2 Views 1,481 IntAdvExam
Movie Worksheet: Famous People- Van Gogh

Movie Worksheet: Famous People- Van Gogh

Irina
This worksheet is designed for elementary and pre-intermadiate level learners. It can be used for improving listening skills and practising there is/are and prepositions of place. It can help your ...
5 Views 4,705 ElemPre-Int
Movie Worksheet: Daily Routine Description - Star Wars Stormtrooper

Movie Worksheet: Daily Routine Description - Star Wars Stormtrooper

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise using the present simple tense when describing daily routines. The video shows the daily routine of a Stormtrooper. While watching the video, learners must d ...
3 Views 2,656 BegElemPre-IntInt
Present Simple Interview PPT

Present Simple Interview PPT

A power point presentation to practice asking questions in present simple with 'you' and the 3rd person singular. The ppt was initially created for a one-to-one class, but can easily be adapted fo ...
6 Views 3,222 BegElem
Writing: Celine Dion Short Biography

Writing: Celine Dion Short Biography

Agnieszka Bialek
Simple worksheet for writing a few simple sentences about Celine Dion based on given information. Each following sentence is based on the following information given at the top of the page. This e ...
3 Views 2,944 ElemPre-Int
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Movie Worksheet: Past Simple Photo Story

Movie Worksheet: Past Simple Photo Story

BusyTeacher Contributor
This is a fun video activity to practise using the past simple tense. Watch the video from the link below. The video tells a story using photographs. Students should watch the video and then try t ...
6 Views 4,446 BegElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: Without You by Usher

Song Worksheet: Without You by Usher

eliasvitola
This listening activity has 3 exercises for students to review some modals such as "can" for ability and "will" for future, both positivie and negative stataments, and some common action verbs us ...
1 Views 4,059 Elem
Future Continuous

Future Continuous

norma alarcon hidalgo
This is an activity for motivation for the lesson start. It can be used as a game in class. It has some pictures where a student can describe and write sentences. You can do this with two or more ...
2 Views 1,929 Elem
Tenses Revision Board Game

Tenses Revision Board Game

Students use prompts + the subject in the field they land on to make questions/positive/negative sentences. Applicable to all tenses. E.g., revision of past tense. A student rolls a 5 and makes a ...
11 Views 4,600 ElemPre-IntInt
Going to Board Game

Going to Board Game

Calambuzo
This boardgame is aimed at elementary or pre-intermediate learners and is designed to provide an opportunity to practise expressing future intentions. Its use is self explanatory. It is a PDF fil ...
4 Views 2,280 ElemPre-Int
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

This worksheet is suitable for improving your students' writing skills. They are going to write three paragraphs about three types of life style in the past, present and future. They sho ...
6 Views 6,435 BegElemPre-IntInt
Simple Present Worksheet

Simple Present Worksheet

This worksheet is appropriate for reviewing simple present, occupations, and daily routine activities. It's appropriate for young learners and elementary students, it will take 20 minutes.&nb ...
2 Views 7,896 BegElem
Present Simple Notes (Polish Learners)

Present Simple Notes (Polish Learners)

Patrycja Dąbkowska
This worksheet contains the use and construction of present simple. It contains 10 cases of use and examples, adverbials of time that indicate this tense and a section that tell students how to bu ...
1 Views 1,818 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet: Satellite by Lena Meyer

Song Worksheet: Satellite by Lena Meyer

Maria
This is a song worksheet by Eurovision song contest winner Lena Meyer. The song can be downloaded at youtube or other websites. It can be used best to practice past simple and entertain students. ...
4 Views 3,958 ElemPre-IntInt
Future Plans, Predictions and Arrangements

Future Plans, Predictions and Arrangements

Kika Acosta
This is a powerpoint presentation that I made using website resources that will hopefully help you introduce future tenses and your students learn about future tenses and practice exercises online ...
3 Views 3,454 Pre-Int
Present Perfect

Present Perfect

leena1
In this activity students will reinforce the previous knowledge of the use of present perfect tense. This activity contains 30 sentences in which students fill the gaps with the verb in past parti ...
2 Views 3,865 Elem
At the Playground

At the Playground

This file includes some vocabulary items related to the activities children do at the playground, such as swinging, sliding, skating, etc. The grammar focuses on present continuous. Hope it helps.
3 Views 2,287 Elem
What Are They Wearing? (for Spanish ESL)

What Are They Wearing? (for Spanish ESL)

Rachel Tattersall
This worksheet uses present progressive and clothing vocabulary. The communicative purpose is to describe what other people are wearing if students lose a friend or family member in an English spe ...
2 Views 2,210 Beg
All Tenses Comparison

All Tenses Comparison

I have created this worksheet to compare the basic use of all the twelve tenses. A simple phrase of "writing emails" has been used in each tense. At the same time, a simple timeline is provided fo ...
10 Views 5,455 ElemPre-IntIntAdvExam
Movie Worksheet: Star Wars Stormtrooper (Daily Routine)

Movie Worksheet: Star Wars Stormtrooper (Daily Routine)

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise using the simple present tense when describing daily routines. The video shows the daily routine of a Stormtrooper. While watching the video, learners are as ...
8 Views 4,860 BegElemPre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: Describing Accidents (Past)

Movie Worksheet: Describing Accidents (Past)

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise using various narrative tenses, including past simple, past continuous, and past perfect. The video has many clips of accidents, slips, and falls. Learners s ...
6 Views 4,315 ElemPre-IntIntAdvExam
Movie Worksheet: Family Guy (Future Predictions)

Movie Worksheet: Family Guy (Future Predictions)

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise future predictions. While watching a clip from the hit TV series Family Guy, learners have to make predictions about what they expect to happen next. Learner ...
3 Views 2,914 ElemPre-IntIntAdvExam
Song Worksheet: Beautiful South (There Is)

Song Worksheet: Beautiful South (There Is)

Miriam Hdz
This song worksheet is a listening practice for there is/ there are and simple vocabulary. Students don't only fill in the gaps but also get a general idea by matching half lines and ordering them ...
2 Views 3,322 Elem
Find Someone Who

Find Someone Who

This typical format is based on practicing the present simple tense focused on daily routines, likes and hobbies. There are 10 different cards, each one with two facts to find out. I think that a ...
3 Views 6,508 Elem
Food

Food

This worksheet is appropriate for young learners. It's suitable for reviewing food related vocabulary items. And it's also useful for practicing simple present, count and non-count nouns ...
3 Views 3,378 BegElem

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