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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 4,034 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 4,034 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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4,034 FREE Verb Tense Worksheets

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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Past Simple Presentaton

Past Simple Presentaton

Roi Skoura
A Power Point Presentation of the structure of simple past. It can be used to present the spellng rules of simple past. Key words are also presented as well as the difference between the ...
1 Pre-Intermediate
Personal Description (for Law Enforcement Purposes)

Personal Description (for Law Enforcement Purposes)

In this worksheet, students are given mugshots (and one page useful phrases) of infamous US-based serial killers. Their task is to compose personal descriptions. It is also possible to teach perso ...
1 Complete BeginnerElementaryPre-Intermediate
How Old Is She/He? What's His/Her Name? For Kids

How Old Is She/He? What's His/Her Name? For Kids

This is a worksheet for kids to practice his/her and the question How old is she / he? There are at least 3 activities to use with it: the teacher can use it only as a speaking activity and a memo ...
3 Complete Beginner
Case Study: Victoria López

Case Study: Victoria López

This case was designed for A2-B1 students, with basic understanding and usage of English. The main student group is Law Enforcement students, but learners of General English can also enjoy this tr ...
1 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
True - False Chairs

True - False Chairs

This team activity can be space demanding especially if you teach a large class. But it is very easy to arrange the classroom for it. You just need to divide students into two groups and place two ...
3 All levels
Movie Worksheet: Children's Leisure Time Viewing

Movie Worksheet: Children's Leisure Time Viewing

Judith
This is a listening and viewing activity where students fill in the chart with the activities they hear. It suits elementary students. Play the video twice. Children give a lot of interesting deta ...
1 Elementary
Describing a Company: Information Gap Activity

Describing a Company: Information Gap Activity

Susana
Business English Pairwork information gap activity to review present simple with lots of speaking. Use this worksheet to reinforce the concept of asking questions with do/does - is/are. Have ...
3 Elementary
Past Simple

Past Simple

This is a two-page worksheet for reviewing Past Simple. It includes four activities and it is designed for elementary level. Hope it works well!
4 Elementary
Verb to Be

Verb to Be

Mariana Ledesma
This lovely worksheet has been designed to be used as a quiz, but it can easily work as a practice handout. By including pictures of the characters of the film 'Shrek' it reduces children's stress ...
4 Complete BeginnerElementary
Simple Present for Every Day Routine

Simple Present for Every Day Routine

BusyTeacher Contributor
This worksheet contains simple exercises to work with simple present for complete beginner students. There are six routine activities listed and a few exercises with them and the structure of simp ...
3 Complete Beginner
Long Time No See

Long Time No See

A perfect worksheet to use if you haven't seen your students in a while. Use the questions as a conversation guide. Feedback can be given when required. It could also be used as a get to know each ...
8 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Present Perfect Review Game

Present Perfect Review Game

This is a review game for the present perfect tense, both in its form and in comparison with the simple past. You should review these tenses briefly before starting, as well as time tags with both ...
5 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Grammar - Present and Past Simple

Grammar - Present and Past Simple

This is a worksheet for practicing the grammar of present and past simple. It contains four activities and it is designed for elementary level. Hope it works!
5 Elementary
British vs American

British vs American

A worksheet about the topic: British vs American English (for elementary students). Students will be asked to read the examples of British and American English. As a follow up activity, the teache ...
4 Elementary
Selfie

Selfie

Authentic Teaching
Let me present you my handout on the topic of the last years – a selfie. This lesson gives your students an opportunity to talk about something they do every day - especially young learners ...
15 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level

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