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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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Why Are Women Paid Less Than Men? Ukrainian and English

Why Are Women Paid Less Than Men? Ukrainian and English

Anastasiia
The tasks are based on the video and focus on developing listening comprehension. The worksheet includes listening for the gist, listening for specific information, and gap-filling activities. Th ...
1 Views 1,859 ElemPre-IntInt
Simple Past Video Activity - The Life of Princess Diana

Simple Past Video Activity - The Life of Princess Diana

English Through Videos
Practice your English with this fun video activity. Watch the video on the link below and complete the gap-fill activity. It can be done as a speaking task or writing task. Change the simple prese ...
1 Views 3,775 ElemPre-IntInt
Travel Board Game

Travel Board Game

BusyTeacher Contributor
Board game with travel related vocabulary, including questions using present simple, past simple, and present perfect. This can be used with multi-cultural students or students who are familiar wi ...
1 Views 6,118 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Fame by Naturi Naughton & Collins Pennie

Song Worksheet: Fame by Naturi Naughton & Collins Pennie

Fátima
This is a song worksheet to learn vocabulary and develop listening and speaking skills. After listening to the song twice, students fill in the gaps in the lyrics. As it is a song with catchy ryth ...
1 Views 2,322 IntAdv
Monopoly Deal - Introduction and Vocab

Monopoly Deal - Introduction and Vocab

Monopoly Deal is basically Monopoly, the game you know and hate, in the form of a card game, which you will come to love. It is Monopoly without tears, and it takes about a tenth of the time (20-6 ...
1 Views 2,869 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
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Present Simple PowerPoint

Present Simple PowerPoint

Tammy
PowerPoint explaining PRESENT SIMPLE. Includes contractions, conjugations and formation for questions. I used it for preteens, teens and young adults; They all seemed to like it a lot! Well anima ...
1 Views 5,728 Beg
To Be Simple Present Worksheet

To Be Simple Present Worksheet

MARTA BALBINO
With this worksheet students will answer some exercises in the affirmative, negative and interrogative forms of the verb to be in the simple present. It can be used to practice and to review the v ...
1 Views 6,455 Elem
Simple Present, Auxilaries, Interview, Object Pronouns (4 of 24)

Simple Present, Auxilaries, Interview, Object Pronouns (4 of 24)

Michael Patrick
Lesson 4 of this 24 part series in intermediate English as a second language designed exclusively for native Spanish speakers. Simple present phrases help students identify this tense. Also incl ...
1 Views 4,057 Pre-IntInt
Peppa Pig Halloween. Pumpkin Competition

Peppa Pig Halloween. Pumpkin Competition

This worksheet is based on 'Peppa Pig' cartoon Halloween themed episode. It starts from the beginning of the video below and ends at 4:29. It was made to revise Future Simple and Going To and to s ...
1 Views 3,542 ElemPre-Int
Ed Sheeran - Happier Fill in the Blank Lyrics

Ed Sheeran - Happier Fill in the Blank Lyrics

Ianitx358
Worksheet to work on listening skills with an elementary or (pre)intermediate levels. It can be used to revise irregular past simple verbs. Don't forget to have a look at the video: You can also ...
1 Views 8,428 ElemPre-IntInt
Grammar Revision with The Cranberries - Animal Instinct

Grammar Revision with The Cranberries - Animal Instinct

Paloma Valencia Castro
This fun activity will help students practice some grammar elements such as past tenses, pronouns and the future with 'will'. Ideal for elementary or pre-intermediate students. The song can be par ...
1 Views 8,016 ElemPre-Int
Passive Voice- Present Simple & Past Simple Exercises

Passive Voice- Present Simple & Past Simple Exercises

There is a short info section on the rules for Passive Voice, form and use for two tenses: Present Simple and Past Simple. There are two exercises to practise the Present Simple & the Past Sim ...
1 Views 11,154 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet - Suddenly I see KT Tunstall

Song Worksheet - Suddenly I see KT Tunstall

Danielle Santana
This song worksheet intends to mainly test students' listening abilities, but it also has some argumentative writing concerning the song's theme and vocabulary understanting (students have to expl ...
1 Views 4,613 Pre-IntInt
A Trip to the Hospital - Picture-Based Sequencing Activity

A Trip to the Hospital - Picture-Based Sequencing Activity

Jeff Genet
An awesome collaborative or individual exercise to practice writing, speaking, sequencing, storytelling, follow up questions and much more! Use the images as prompts to tell a story. Brainstorm vo ...
1 Views 10,484 All
Past and Present Tense Simple Lesson Outline with Teacher Instructions

Past and Present Tense Simple Lesson Outline with Teacher Instructions

It is a lesson plan for teachers to use in the classroom. It is a 20 minutes lesson focusing on speaking and grammar and teaching students the difference between past & present tense. This les ...
1 Views 8,882 Elem
Song Gap Fill:

Song Gap Fill: "My Girl" by Madness

Tom Leventhall
A lyrics gap fill of the song "My Girl" by the ska band Madness. (See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw-8AGRcyvk) The song contains a number lines in the past perfect as well as some inte ...
1 Views 8,029 IntAdv
How Harry met Meghan/ Brangelina Love Story

How Harry met Meghan/ Brangelina Love Story

Anastasia
This is a worksheet suitable for Elementary or Pre-Intermediate students who are interested in celebrities and romance. The activity allows students to re-construct the timelines of two love stori ...
1 Views 7,425 ElemPre-Int
Mystery Murder (Past Continuous)

Mystery Murder (Past Continuous)

Fernanda Zamorano Grajale
This activity is an inversed Clue game where SS need to find the person who was murdered, where was he/she murdered and what was he/she doing when it happened using Past Continuous. Suggested card ...
1 Views 10,517 ElemPre-IntInt
Future Forms Fill in the Blank Worksheet

Future Forms Fill in the Blank Worksheet

Jan Farley
This worksheet contains two pages. The first contains a chart illustrating present simple -ing form, will and going to and how these are used to indicating the future. The second page is a pract ...
1 Views 7,089 ElemPre-Int
Past Simple - Making Negatives and Questions

Past Simple - Making Negatives and Questions

Olga Nazarova
This worksheet will help your students to practise making negative sentences and questions in past simple with irregular verbs. They already have the affirmative ones and just have to complete the ...
1 Views 12,780 BegElemPre-Int
Jolene

Jolene

Celia
There are 2 worksheets. One is double lyrics and students find some words in the dictionary. The second worksheet is for a complete class. Students can use the dictionary and complete some exercis ...
1 Views 5,559 BegElem

"The Greatest Show" from The Greatest Showman Song Worksheet

Elia
Inspired by other worksheets I have seen here, I created this one based on the song "The Greatest Show"  from the movie The Greatest Showman. Hope its useful! It also contains some quick ques ...
1 Views 16,751 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: I Must be Dreaming by The Maine (Present Simple)

Song Worksheet: I Must be Dreaming by The Maine (Present Simple)

Ana
It's a great song to make beginner students understand the usage of the verbs in Present Simple, according to the pronouns. They have the words that are missing already, so they must listen and co ...
1 Views 6,249 BegElemPre-IntExam
I Have Never - Present Perfect

I Have Never - Present Perfect

Bianka Molnar
Have you ever played 'Never have I ever...'? - Well, it's time to practise the Present Perfect while having some fun. It can be a great homework assignment or just a practise of understanding the ...
1 Views 13,906 Pre-IntIntAdv
Vera's Walk To Present Simple/Continuous

Vera's Walk To Present Simple/Continuous

VASILIKI LISMANI
Grammar theory can be very boring, especially for very young learners who struggle to remember the rules. Things can be easier and more meaningful if we present them in a story. Vera's walk in ten ...
1 Views 8,609 Beg

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