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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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Power Point Song – Behind Blue Eyes By Limp Bizkit

Power Point Song – Behind Blue Eyes By Limp Bizkit

This is a multiple way of practicing English from listening comprehension to grammar rules. There are a variety of methods to teach students by using songs. Students can watch and listen to ...
1 Views 71 Pre-IntIntAdv
Present Perfect Progressive Introduction – Teacher Instructions

Present Perfect Progressive Introduction – Teacher Instructions

pau
    This worksheet is to practice the present perfect progressive forms of the verb using them according to the correct use, including the perfect progressive, interrogative forms, a ...
1 Views 203 Int
A Past Simple Gap Fill And Listening Lesson Plan

A Past Simple Gap Fill And Listening Lesson Plan

  This resource covers Past Simple, Passive Voice, Regular/Irregular Verbs, Gender equality, and Questions in the Past Simple tenses. It's a listening activity that helps practice the Past ...
1 Views 711 Pre-IntIntAdv
Song worksheet: Someone You Loved (L. Capaldi)

Song worksheet: Someone You Loved (L. Capaldi)

  Students listen to the lyrics of Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi through the given link and fill in the verbs in the Present Simple and Present Continuous tenses, including the verb t ...
1 Views 760 ElemPre-IntInt
Present Simple reading – Describing People

Present Simple reading – Describing People

Kamila
    This worksheet was created for  Elementary level adult students. They read the descriptions and match them with the photos on page 2.  The sheet can be used to revise t ...
1 Views 1,372 BegElemPre-IntInt
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Song worksheet: Someone You Loved

Song worksheet: Someone You Loved

  After watching and listening to the video of Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi, students then complete the lyrics by filling in the blanks. This sheet covers the verbs in the Present Si ...
1 Views 1,010 BegElemPre-Int
Where Are You Now? by Honor Society Song Worksheet

Where Are You Now? by Honor Society Song Worksheet

BusyTeacher Contributor
  This worksheet contains a simple song about friendship and is used to enhance listening skills and develop the vocabulary, including verbs and making it easy to identify certain verb tenses.
1 Views 1,681 Elem
Power Point Song – More Than Words By Extreme

Power Point Song – More Than Words By Extreme

  There are multiple way of practicing English by using songs – from listening comprehension to grammar rules. Students listen to the song and complete the three defined activities t ...
1 Views 1,102 Pre-IntIntAdv
A Whole New World – Verbs, Adjectives & Nouns

A Whole New World – Verbs, Adjectives & Nouns

    Teaching students by using songs presents a variety of methods to practice English from listening comprehension to grammar rules. In this song A Whole New World By Peabo Bryson a ...
1 Views 1,933 Pre-IntIntAdv
American Saturday Night Song Sheet

American Saturday Night Song Sheet

Yuvia Chairez
This worksheet to be used along with Brad Paisley's American Saturday Night is for intermediate levels of ESL learners. The song has several activities, mostly aimed at translating, usage ...
1 Views 1,344 Int
Present Perfect or Present Perfect Continuous

Present Perfect or Present Perfect Continuous

  This worksheet consists of four pages with five exercises on Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Continuous tenses: Choose the correct tense, Complete the sentences, Choose 'for' ...
1 Views 2,644 IntAdv
Future Predictions Video Activity – Mixed Tenses

Future Predictions Video Activity – Mixed Tenses

English Through Videos
Practise future predictions with this fun video activity. Use different future tenses to describe the predictions from this movie clip set in the future and use future simple, future, continuo ...
1 Views 2,825 IntAdv
Revision of Tenses

Revision of Tenses

  This sheet consists of thirty-five sentences to practise the basic English tenses. It also contains most of the other tenses such as the Future Perfect, the Future Continuous, the Presen ...
1 Views 4,157 Pre-IntIntAdv
Celebrities from the past: Using Verbs

Celebrities from the past: Using Verbs

  This worksheet contains 6 cards with celebrities from the past. Students can research and fill in the personal information of each celebrity include complete sentences using the pas ...
1 Views 1,775 Elem
Animal Exercises

Animal Exercises

Natalia Shtefan
This worksheet is for child-beginners to practise words sand speak on the topic of animals. It includes revision, spelling, reading exercises and the Present Simple tense. Pictures and simpl ...
1 Views 3,578 Elem
Past Tense

Past Tense "To Be" Thomas Edison

Florencia Lerda
  This very short worksheet contains sentences about Thomas Edison. Fill in the blanks with the correct past tense forms of "to be," was or were. Students do not need knowledge of Thomas E ...
1 Views 1,728 Elem
Passive Voice – Present Simple & Past Simple Worksheet

Passive Voice – Present Simple & Past Simple Worksheet

  This short worksheet includes information on the rules for using the Passive Voice. There are two exercises to practise the Present Simple & the Past Simple Passive forms. One activi ...
1 Views 2,260 Pre-IntInt
Jobs – Present simple (third person singular)

Jobs – Present simple (third person singular)

Khatuna Tavartkiladze
  Students put the words in order to complete sentences. This activity will help revise the vocabulary about jobs and practise the present simple third person singular. Students often forg ...
1 Views 2,343 ElemPre-Int
Song – Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

Song – Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

  Use the song ‘Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head’ by BJ Thomas to teach students listening comprehension and grammar rules. There are three defined activities to practice homo ...
1 Views 2,037 Pre-IntIntAdv
Vincent By Tim Burton Movie Worksheet

Vincent By Tim Burton Movie Worksheet

Brenda Carolina
  This lesson is based on the short movie Vincent by Tim Burton. It helps with vocabulary and comprehension and includes pre- and while-watching activities. Students match the words to the ...
1 Views 2,748 ElemPre-Int
Past Simple or Past Continuous 1

Past Simple or Past Continuous 1

  This worksheet teaches the difference between the past simple and the past continuous. It contains three exercises: Rewrite the verb, Put the verbs in brackets in the Past Simple or Past ...
1 Views 3,723 Pre-IntInt
'TO BE' AFFIRMATVE MULTIPLE CHOICE GAME

'TO BE' AFFIRMATVE MULTIPLE CHOICE GAME

  This a multiple choice ppt game is for elementary and complete beginners. Students choose a number and complete the sentence given. Suitable for revision and practice of the interrogativ ...
1 Views 1,532 BegElem
Simple past questions & answers with pictures

Simple past questions & answers with pictures

Fatima Perez
  This activity helps students practice asking and answering questions based on pictures about past actions. They will also have to correct information by making negative and affirmative s ...
1 Views 4,830 Elem
Present Perfect Worksheet

Present Perfect Worksheet

Charlotte
  This worksheet is suitable for the classroom as well as self-study students. It helps improve the ability to understand the Present Perfect Tense. It also includes how to change Present ...
1 Views 3,134 ElemPre-Int
Test: Past Simple

Test: Past Simple

Practise English team
  Based on file 7 of the English File Elementary Fourth Edition, this test covers grammar (Past Simple (to be, regular and irregular verbs), vocabulary (word formation and expressions with ...
1 Views 3,766 Elem

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