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Ahh, the present simple verb tense. For the first time, your level-one students are stepping out of the world of basic vocabulary, and into the much wider world of English grammar. It’s an exciting stage in any class - and it’s also one of the most important stages to get right. After all, your students’ grasp of simple present tense singulars and plurals is the foundation on which they’ll build their understanding of English grammar in general. That means it’s crucial to give them views of this tense from all angles, using every kind of activity and exercise at your disposal.

Different teachers use different tactics to get their students familiar with the present simple tense. Some start with worksheets, then work their way up to listening and speaking exercises. Others kick things off with some board work, then ask their students to try to use the present simple tense in a sentence. Still others like to keep things relaxed with games - and you probably want to use at least some of all these approaches. All that’s left is to find a variety of teaching resources focused on the present simple tense.

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GRAMMAR TIP:What Is Present Simple?
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.
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Cheerleader by OMI

Cheerleader by OMI

Celia
Present Simple, ,
You can teach simple present tense, the rule of the third person and the auxiliaries Do and Does. You can also teach vocabulary. There are two pages, the first one you look for the vocabulary, the ...
2 Views 1,626 Elem
Emergency Services Role Play Cards

Emergency Services Role Play Cards

SI
These role play cards are designed for elementary to pre-intermediate learners. There are 6 different scenarios split between the police, ambulance and fire service. Students work in pairs to prep ...
4 Views 6,665 ElemPre-Int
Urban Legends for High School Students

Urban Legends for High School Students

BusyTeacher Contributor
, , Present Simple
This is a lesson produced to work with high school students to develop past tenses and the ability of telling and writing stories. The activities are contextualized through the genre Urban Legends ...
7 Views 5,211 IntAdv
NICE TO MEET YOU! (Find someone who...)

NICE TO MEET YOU! (Find someone who...)

Iván Jaramillo
, Present Simple
This is a mingle activity for a group of up to 15 students (last 3 cards can be taken out without any change in the activity). Students' cards include personal information such as name, nationaity ...
11 Views 10,333 ElemInt
Present Simple - PPT

Present Simple - PPT

» » Present Simple
This is a presentation about Present Simple where we discuss some basic aspects of this topic, such as the different modalities of the tense, or the use of adverbs of frequency. It contains a lot ...
3 Views 9,474 Beg
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Spelling Rules: Simple Present (3rd person he-she-it)

Spelling Rules: Simple Present (3rd person he-she-it)

Diana
, Present Simple, ,
This activity requires students to identify the correct spelling of the verbs for the Present Simple for 3rd person singular (he/she/it) and match the verb to its respective spelling rule. Some in ...
5 Views 13,912 ElemPre-Int
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 ...
8 Views 21,927 Pre-IntInt
Daily Routine Game

Daily Routine Game

Maria do Rosário Viana
» » Present Simple
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 ...
8 Views 18,444 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 ...
2 Views 11,554 Elem
Making Sentences in English (Present Simple)

Making Sentences in English (Present Simple)

S.I.
, Present Simple,
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 ...
7 Views 13,721 Beg
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 ...
4 Views 9,431 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
5 Uses of the Verb 'to Be'

5 Uses of the Verb 'to Be'

Sara Iancu
» » Present Simple
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 8,579 BegElem
Present Simple Usage

Present Simple Usage

» » Present Simple
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 6,269 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Present Simple Questions and Short Answers

Present Simple Questions and Short Answers

Rania Foka
, Present Simple
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 ...
4 Views 8,953 Elem
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 9,067 Pre-Int
Backpack 1; School Objects

Backpack 1; School Objects

Present Simple,
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 4,211 BegElem
Drama World Talent

Drama World Talent

Marta
This drama is about a television talent show called World Talent, where contestants from around the world compete to see who is the most talented performer. Each week the contestants perform in fr ...
1 Views 14,622 Pre-Int
Do, Does and Can

Do, Does and Can

, Present Simple,
I have designed this PDT to review the grammar of do/ does and can. Students are asked to write short answers to the questions. It includes two activities and it contains the names of African and ...
2 Views 7,936 Elem
Battleship Do You...? Daily Activities Time Tiger 3 Unit 5

Battleship Do You...? Daily Activities Time Tiger 3 Unit 5

Magdalena
This worksheet helps students to practise time expressions, daily activities and 'do you...?' structure with short answers. It's easy to use- just print it 4 times, two pages for each student ...
12 Views 6,810 ElemPre-Int
Song Worksheet: Creep by Radiohead

Song Worksheet: Creep by Radiohead

Teacher Alex Gotardo
It uses the song "Creep" by the British band Radiohead to work on present simple, present progressive and past simple tenses. This is the uncut version so if your students are sensitive to bad lan ...
3 Views 8,917 ElemPre-Int
Movie Worksheet: Jobs

Movie Worksheet: Jobs

Lucka
This worksheet is based on video 3 - unit 3 New Headway Elementary 4th edition; you can use it to revise your students listening skills. They fill in missing (mostly) verbs into the texts. You wil ...
2 Views 10,726 Elem
Second Semester A2 Level Exam

Second Semester A2 Level Exam

This is an exam which includes exercises on sense verbs, countable and uncountable nouns, expressions with "have got", when to use "how much / many / a lot of / lots of / too and enough". It also ...
3 Views 6,802 Exam
First Semester A2 Level Exam

First Semester A2 Level Exam

This is a test on questions , negative responses and positive responses with verbs "have" , "do", "like + ing", all in present simple. There are also exercises on adverbs, daily routines, places a ...
3 Views 4,844 Exam
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 ...
6 Views 10,975 BegElem
Present Simple (Pronunciation -S/-Es)

Present Simple (Pronunciation -S/-Es)

Tatiana Buzuverova
» » Present Simple
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 ...
2 Views 4,575 All

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