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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 4,433 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 4,433 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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Simple Tenses Conversation Questions

Simple Tenses Conversation Questions

Murilo Camarini
This is a list of several questions designed to help teach verb tenses. The questions are divided into Simple Present, Simple Past, and Simple Future. This worksheet also contains a bunch of Mixed ...
5 Views 7,634 Pre-IntInt
Daily Routine Game

Daily Routine Game

Maria do Rosário Viana
It's a game to practice the simple present using daily activities as vocabulary. My students liked it so much. It's very simple to play. The teacher chooses one student that will begin. Afterwards ...
7 Views 10,310 Elem
I Love My Family

I Love My Family

This is a simple and easy reading comprehension worksheet on the topic family, physical description and the present simple tense. The worksheet is available in both colour and black and white ...
1 Views 5,519 Elem
Making Sentences in English (Present Simple)

Making Sentences in English (Present Simple)

S.I.
This document is a summary sheet of English tenses, the basic sentence structure and subject pronouns. I use this as an introduction to basic grammar knowledge for complete beginners. The main foc ...
2 Views 6,568 Beg
The Past Tenses Show Poem

The Past Tenses Show Poem

This is a little poem I came up with as a metaphor for the narrative tenses. You can use it as a poster or a fun handout for higher level groups. You can ask them why each metaphor is used and do ...
2 Views 4,474 IntAdvExam
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Movie Worksheet: Word Order ,10 + 10 Amazing Facts (Present Simple)

Movie Worksheet: Word Order ,10 + 10 Amazing Facts (Present Simple)

A worksheet to practice the present simple and sentence structure. In the video there is a short explanation of word order in English plus an activity similar to the one in the worksheet with 10 ...
2 Views 4,526 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
What Are They Doing? Present Continuous Boardgame

What Are They Doing? Present Continuous Boardgame

Sara Iancu
This boardgame is designed for students to practice using present continuous. All you will need is a dice and some counters. Students take turns rolling the dice and moving along the board accordi ...
3 Views 8,375 BegElem
5 Uses of the Verb 'to Be'

5 Uses of the Verb 'to Be'

Sara Iancu
I created this PDF to help my students understand the verb 'to be' more easily. The verb 'to be' gets used so much in the English language but students often have difficulty knowing when to use it ...
5 Views 5,314 BegElem
Present Simple Usage

Present Simple Usage

This is a handout accompanied by a YouTube video to introduce present simple to learners. The worksheet contains 10 of the most general uses for present simple, while the video also has an intera ...
3 Views 3,471 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
The Legend of the Scarecrow (Past Tenses Revision)

The Legend of the Scarecrow (Past Tenses Revision)

This is a worksheet to revise the narrative tenses, namely the past simple, past continuous and past perfect. It allows students to practice their listening, reading, pronunciation, vocabulary and ...
3 Views 5,553 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Passive Voice Worksheet (Simple Past)

Passive Voice Worksheet (Simple Past)

Ghislaine Martínez
This is a simple worksheet about passive voice (using simple past). It has a brief description about the passive voice and its structure in the simple past and items. Item 1: write the sentences u ...
2 Views 8,175 Pre-IntInt
Movie Worksheet: Describing Pictures, Infographic

Movie Worksheet: Describing Pictures, Infographic

This is an infographic I made for a short video on how to describe pictures in English. It talks about the vocabulary and grammar for a great picture description. I think any level could use it es ...
6 Views 6,590 ElemPre-IntIntAdvExam
Present Simple Questions and Short Answers

Present Simple Questions and Short Answers

Rania Foka
This worksheet has been created in order to facilitate elementary young learners practice the question and short negation of the verb 'like' in the present simple tense. Illustrations can be helpf ...
2 Views 5,083 Elem
Movie Worksheet: Big Bang Theory

Movie Worksheet: Big Bang Theory

ayçae
This short video activity(please watch out the time on the worksheet) can be used as a warm-up to practice/review present perfect cont. & 2nd conditionals. It also contains some questions abo ...
7 Views 5,124 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet: Who by Pink

Song Worksheet: Who by Pink

A.E
Listening activity which may be used as a warm-up or a follow-up activity to practice the simple past tense. Students listen to the song and try to write the correct forms of the verbs in the blan ...
4 Views 6,661 ElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: Viva Forever by Spice Girls ( Past Simple)

Song Worksheet: Viva Forever by Spice Girls ( Past Simple)

Dewi Santi
It is designed for listening practice particularly while teaching the past simple tense. The song used to be very famous performed by Spice Girls, so the class might enjoy it very much. You just h ...
2 Views 6,208 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song Worksheet: We Don't Talk Anymore

Song Worksheet: We Don't Talk Anymore

This song is an  easily understandable duet. The worksheet is divided into five activities, mostly requiring simple past and gerund; The 1st and 2nd exercises are to fill ...
4 Views 10,334 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Way Back into Love

Song Worksheet: Way Back into Love

This is a song worksheet with blank spaces to fill in. The lyrics are split in two parts, first the students are required to fill in the blanks using only present perfect continuous; then, in the ...
1 Views 2,731 Int
Present Continuous Tense

Present Continuous Tense

paula
Simple powerpoint with short and clear explanation about usage of the present continuous tense including examples for all levels of students.
2 Views 4,825 Elem
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 ...
2 Views 8,691 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 4,528 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 ...
2 Views 4,622 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 3,273 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 2,222 BegElem
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 2,369 BegPre-Int

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