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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 4,383 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 4,383 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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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 1,769 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 ...
1 Views 1,660 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 2,243 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 ...
2 Views 3,926 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 ...
1 Views 1,855 All
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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 2,969 Elem
Icebreaking Dictation

Icebreaking Dictation

corinne hoffert
I use this activity at the beginning of the school year to make a revision of the basics: ame, age, expression of love and dislike, conjugation, etc.. Students usually love it. First I introduce t ...
7 Views 3,865 Int
Household Chores

Household Chores

nydzia
This 2-pages long worksheet was created to introduce the vocabulary connected with household chores. The first page contains pictures of people doing various chores. Learners can write the names o ...
6 Views 4,707 BegElemPre-Int
Toys - Go Fish Game

Toys - Go Fish Game

Diana
A basic Go Fish set of game cards, suitable for young students. Pre-taught vocabulary on toys will need to be covered in your class before kids play this game. Can be adapted to suit any lexical ...
3 Views 4,711 BegElem
Song Worksheet: Golden State

Song Worksheet: Golden State

Kika Acosta
This worksheet is a song performed by Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines in which you will find vocabulary exercises related to body parts, minimal pair exercises, matching and fill in the blanks. Yo ...
2 Views 3,597 Pre-IntIntAdv
Present Simple vs. Present Continuous PPT

Present Simple vs. Present Continuous PPT

Anna
This is a power point presentation that illustrates the difference in use between present simple and present continuous forms. Most suitable for the Russian learners of English, it provides explan ...
3 Views 5,522 ElemPre-Int
Auxiliary Be, Does, Do - Remedial Exercises

Auxiliary Be, Does, Do - Remedial Exercises

Ursula Viessa
The worksheet is a very simple one, designed for beginner or elementary students to refresh the use of am, is, are, do, does. These verb forms are easy but also easy to forget, especially when &nb ...
2 Views 3,464 Elem
Movie Worksheet: Woman is the Nigger of the World

Movie Worksheet: Woman is the Nigger of the World

Jane Aparecida de Queiroz
It's a song activity I prepared to promote some reflection in classroom on the International Women's Day - March, 8th. This song, written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, shows how society treats wome ...
6 Views 2,860 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Volcano Game, Backpack 4

Volcano Game, Backpack 4

This ppt includes a game and it is based on Backpack 4, units 4, 5 and 6. It contains the following topics: extinct/ endangered animals, life in the past, and health and illnesses. Divide your cla ...
6 Views 3,499 ElemPre-Int
Movie Worksheet: Daily Routine of the Queen (Simple Present)

Movie Worksheet: Daily Routine of the Queen (Simple Present)

English Through Videos
This worksheet is designed to be used with a YouTube video. It helps learners practise the use of the simple present tense to describe daily routines. Play the video using this link: https://www ...
8 Views 6,967 BegElemPre-Int
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 ...
10 Views 10,444 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 ...
7 Views 4,827 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 3,831 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 4,996 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 ...
3 Views 4,222 Elem
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 ...
11 Views 8,983 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 9,756 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 4,127 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 ...
5 Views 5,006 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 5,498 Pre-Int

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