The simple present or present simple is one of the present tenses used in modern English, the others being Present continuous (English) and the emphatic present. The simple present is mainly used to express habitual actions, such as he walks to school. The simple present is often employed in newspaper headlines, conditional sentences, when a planned event is described along with a time in the future, in suggestions beginning with Why don't you...?, and with certain verbs. It can also be used when making a citation. When asking a question, the simple present often uses the emphatic present, which employs the auxiliary to do. The exception is when the question word is the subject of the sentence.
This is the first tense students learn so while previous lessons most likely focused on vocabulary, lessons on the present simple will emphasize basic sentence structures and verbs. This is a very exciting point in ESL coursework because students will be able to convey information and converse with one another through the use of sentences. Since it is a popular topic, there are 1,218 worksheets and activities included in this section as well as several related articles and warmers. All of these wonderful resources can help you prepare for teaching this topic in your classroom. On this page is a popular worksheet called Susans Daily Routine which you might consider using in elementary classes. It consists of a short story and then six practice activities that focus on the present simple, prepositions of time, and comprehension. If you feel that words such as eats and drinks should be included in the worksheet, just go ahead and replace phrases with these vocabulary words. The whole worksheet is easy to edit. If this is not appropriate for your English language learners, take a look at some of the other available worksheets. You are sure to find something.