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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 4,456 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 4,456 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 present positive - Practice

Simple present positive - Practice

Grammatics.education
    Young learners watch an animated video and then work in small groups to order the story cards as a way to improve their cooperation and communication skills.  When young le ...
1 Views 869 BegElem
Future Simple vs. Future Continuous Love Runs Out - OneRepublic worksheet

Future Simple vs. Future Continuous Love Runs Out - OneRepublic worksheet

Diana Joyce Renke
  Future Simple vs. Future Continuous Love Runs Out - OneRepublic worksheet: PART I) LISTEN TO THE SONG, FILL IN THE GAPS WITH THE CORRECT VERB FORMS FROM THE BOX; PART II) PUT THE VERSES ...
1 Views 2,535 Pre-IntAdv
Present Simple Negative Animated Video Background

Present Simple Negative Animated Video Background

Grammatics
  Young learners can watch and have fun coloring this background used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video, finally creating their own Present Simple Negative sentence.
1 Views 4,383 BegElem
Present Simple Writing Worksheet

Present Simple Writing Worksheet

Grammatics
    This Present Simple Writing Worksheet is used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch while they do their first lesson then have fun practicing ...
1 Views 4,471 BegElem
Simple Present Negative Lesson Plan

Simple Present Negative Lesson Plan

Grammatics.education
  This 40-minute lesson plan practices Simple Present Negative, grammar form, and structure. Students watch the animated video and complete an individual or group comprehension activity fo ...
1 Views 4,678 BegElem
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How to Teach the Present Perfect Simple Tense

How to Teach the Present Perfect Simple Tense

Nathan Martin
This lesson plan should be used with English learners at an intermediate level. Before starting, students should have a strong understanding of how to use the past simple tense. They should als ...
1 Views 4,107 Int
Present Simple Positive - Order Story Cards

Present Simple Positive - Order Story Cards

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch this animated video and order the story cards as a way to help reinforce their understanding of this aspect of the Present Simple tense. When students have completed ...
1 Views 4,114 BegElem
Time Expressions

Time Expressions

  This grammar guide contains the most frequently used time expressions through tenses at the intermediate/upper-intermediate level. It's ordered by time (Present, Past, and Future) and by ...
1 Views 4,298 IntAdv
Future In The Past: What People In The Past Thought

Future In The Past: What People In The Past Thought

CrisBS
  This PowerPoint shows pictures made by people in the early 1950s and 1940s portraying how they thought the future might be. It's good to practice "They thought that we would be able to f ...
1 Views 4,622 IntAdvExam
Present Simple Negative - Order Story Cards

Present Simple Negative - Order Story Cards

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch an animated video and order the story cards to help reinforce their understanding of this aspect of the Present Simple tense. When students have completed the worksh ...
1 Views 3,021 BegElem
Simple Present Positive Lesson Plan

Simple Present Positive Lesson Plan

Grammatics.education
This 40-minute lesson plan practices Simple Present Positive grammar form and structure. Students watch the animated video and complete an individual or group comprehension activity followed by ...
1 Views 4,105 BegElem
Present Simple Negative – Group work activity

Present Simple Negative – Group work activity

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch an animated video and then work in small groups to order the story cards. The exercise helps to improve their cooperation and communication skills. When the activity ...
1 Views 3,306 BegElem
Past Continuous B1-B2

Past Continuous B1-B2

ESL Pals
  This ESL grammar lesson plan begins with an explanation of the past continuous tense and when to use it. It includes six exercises where students will learn how to use the tense correctl ...
1 Views 5,829 IntAdv
Present Simple Positive – Group Work Activity

Present Simple Positive – Group Work Activity

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch the animated video and then work in small groups to order the story cards to improve their cooperation and communication skills. When the activity is complete, simpl ...
1 Views 4,491 BegElem
Around the House

Around the House

Jeff Genet
  A speaking-based lesson for beginners to talk about rooms and things around the home. It includes visual aids for brainstorming and identifying rooms and common household items. Identify ...
1 Views 6,656 BegElemPre-Int
Present Simple Negative – Group Work Activity

Present Simple Negative – Group Work Activity

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch an animated video and then work in small groups to order the story cards as a way to improve their cooperation and communication skills. When the activity is complet ...
1 Views 3,772 BegElem
Bad Habits

Bad Habits

Jeff Genet
  This fun and engaging intermediate video-based lesson on Bad Habits features visual aids for brainstorming vocabulary and phrases and talking about bad habits. It includes activities suc ...
1 Views 6,933 All
Present Simple Negative Writing Worksheet

Present Simple Negative Writing Worksheet

Grammatics.education
  This worksheet on the Present Simple Negative is used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch while they do their language lesson, then have fun practicin ...
1 Views 3,321 BegElem
Jobs – Kids Lesson Plan – ESL Pals

Jobs – Kids Lesson Plan – ESL Pals

Raedmund Gibbons
  This ESL Kids lesson about jobs includes activities such as matching the words and pictures. Students can interactively learn new vocabulary by filling in the answers and checking their ...
1 Views 4,818 BegElem
Present Simple Questions – Group Work Activity

Present Simple Questions – Group Work Activity

Grammatics.education
  Young learners watch our animated video and then work in small groups to order the story cards as a way to improve their cooperation and communication skills. When the activity is comple ...
1 Views 4,100 BegElem
Good Ones - Charli XCX Song Worksheet

Good Ones - Charli XCX Song Worksheet

Manuelle Reichert
  This song worksheet features "Good Ones" by Charli XCX. Students choose the correct tense of the words that are in bold, then complete the sentences with the missing words found in the w ...
1 Views 4,008 All
Present Simple Positive - Order Story Cards for animation

Present Simple Positive - Order Story Cards for animation

Grammatics.education
  This animated video is for Young learners to watch and order the story cards to help reinforce their understanding of each aspect of the Present Simple tense. When students have complete ...
1 Views 3,903 BegElem
Present Simple Negative - Order Story Cards for animation

Present Simple Negative - Order Story Cards for animation

Grammatics.education
  This animated video is for Young learners to watch and order the story cards to help reinforce their understanding of each aspect of the Present Simple tense. When students have complete ...
1 Views 3,337 BegElem
Present Simple Question Animated YouTube Video

Present Simple Question Animated YouTube Video

Grammatics
    This background is designed to be used in conjunction with an animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch and 'do' their language lesson, then have fun coloring and finally ...
1 Views 3,546 BegElem
Present Simple Positive Writing Worksheet

Present Simple Positive Writing Worksheet

Grammatics.education
  This worksheet is designed to be used in conjunction with our animated YouTube video. Young learners can watch and 'do' their language lesson, then have fun practicing writing and finall ...
1 Views 3,798 BegElem

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