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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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About Myself Mind Map

About Myself Mind Map

Igor Klimko
  This mind map provides a speaking activity and can be used as a guideline for new students to introduce themselves. It can also be used for questions and an ...
1 Views 503 Pre-IntInt
Mnemonic Rhyming Groups

Mnemonic Rhyming Groups

  Learning can be fun with mnemonics. In this resource irregular verbs are sorted into rhyming groups that make it easier to memorize them in a short period of time. Actually some groups ...
1 Views 254 All
Reading: A Hot Day

Reading: A Hot Day

Helen
This booklet for complete adult beginners is also suitable for all ages. Written in past and past continuous tenses it shows preference language such as ‘either’ or ‘decided& ...
1 Views 763 BegElem
Present Simple or Present Continuous Exercise

Present Simple or Present Continuous Exercise

Bianka Molnar
Great for homework or in-class practice, this exercise teaches students to choose between using Present Simple or Present Continuous verbs. An answer key is provided.
1 Views 1,055 ElemPre-IntInt
Musical Picture Dictation

Musical Picture Dictation

BusyTeacher Contributor
  This worksheet contains humorous, classical music-related sentences. The teacher explains the content and students picture them then draw or simulate them. Students can work in pairs or ...
1 Views 1,603 ElemPre-Int
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Reading: What are they doing?

Reading: What are they doing?

Helen
  Suitable for complete adult beginners and all ages, this booklet features exercises with the present continuous verb tense and pronouns and contracted pronouns. It introduces nouns with ...
1 Views 2,187 Beg
Routine – Simple Present

Routine – Simple Present

Angela S Carvalho
  This simple worksheet introduces ESL students to Simple Present and daily routines. Students observe each picture and complete Garfield's routine using verbs in the Simple Present which ...
1 Views 1,971 BegElem
Song – How Deep Is Your Love by the Bee Gees

Song – How Deep Is Your Love by the Bee Gees

  This PowerPoint presentation teaches students by using a song. It’s a multiple way of practicing English from listening comprehension to grammar rules. It includes three defined ac ...
1 Views 2,118 Pre-IntIntAdv
Learning about Clothes & Colour

Learning about Clothes & Colour

Helen
  Suitable all ages and complete adult beginners, this resource helps improve the vocabulary. It includes describing different colours and clothing, has proper nouns, revision activities a ...
1 Views 2,161 BegElem
To Be + Infinitive for future and future verbs

To Be + Infinitive for future and future verbs

maria
  For intermediate students and upwards, this worksheet includes examples of the infinitive as a future tense as used in news articles, formal instructions, formal arrangments and events. ...
1 Views 2,450 IntAdvExam
A Crazy Trip: Past Tense Storytelling

A Crazy Trip: Past Tense Storytelling

Pocket Passport
  A fun lesson to practice the past simple, past continuous, and past perfect. Watch the animated video, answer the questions, and use the illustrated flashcards to retell the story and te ...
1 Views 5,001 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Reader 1 Reading Writing Listening Speaking

Reader 1 Reading Writing Listening Speaking

Helen
  Written for complete adult beginners, this booklet is also suitable for all ages. It introduces the present continuous tense, pronouns and pronoun contractions set around the activities ...
1 Views 3,133 Beg
Irregular Past Participles Review

Irregular Past Participles Review

  There are 85 sentences to be completed with a different irregular past participle. Some verbs are really easy. Others are more difficult, so it can also be used to improve students' voca ...
1 Views 2,211 IntAdvExam
Jack Escapes from the Royal Palace

Jack Escapes from the Royal Palace

Marcela
  Explore Past Simple (Regular and Irregular) verbs by watching this video. Follow the story and answer the questions. It’s a fun quiz and ideal for virtual classes. 
1 Views 2,484 Pre-IntInt
Are they happy or sad? Reader 3

Are they happy or sad? Reader 3

Helen
  Suitable for all ages and complete adult beginners, this booklet discusses present continuous verbs, pronouns, contracted pronouns, nouns and introduces ‘feelings’ to learn s ...
1 Views 2,470 Beg
Past Simple 1

Past Simple 1

  This is a worksheet (8 pages) to practise / review the past simple tense. There are ten exercises: was/were - affirmative, negative and questions – regular and irregular, write sen ...
1 Views 7,391 Pre-IntInt
Present perfect tense

Present perfect tense

Abel
 Write sentences in present perfect using the prompts given. In this exercise, students will be able to correctly write what is happening in each situation using present perfect simple.  ...
1 Views 5,666 Pre-Int
Revision of the Active and Passive Tense

Revision of the Active and Passive Tense

James Berkley
» Verb Tense Worksheets
  Students who have a shakey knowledge of active and passive tenses may appreciate this worksheet to help reinforce their practical knowledge and usage - especially with regard to writing ...
1 Views 3,190 All
It's All About Love!

It's All About Love!

» Verb Tense Worksheets
Relationship idioms for pre-intermediate and intermediate. There are 3 sub-topics for 3 different situations. Each topic has 4 widely used idioms. Idioms are explained. Let the students guess ...
1 Views 2,198 Pre-IntInt
Primary 4 English: Was/Were there...?

Primary 4 English: Was/Were there...?

BusyTeacher Contributor
Instructions: 1. Student receive a set of pictures and must draw items on the left picture using the instructions given by the teacher. 2. Students take turns asking one another "Was there a bea ...
1 Views 14,107 Elem
Tic Tac Toe (To Practice Any Tense)

Tic Tac Toe (To Practice Any Tense)

lorsange1
This is a great activity that you can use as a warmer, as a review activity or even as a filler. It can be used in ANY level to practice any tense for affirmative, negative or questions. It's a g ...
1 Views 16,969 All
Tic Tac Toe (To Practice Any Tense)

Tic Tac Toe (To Practice Any Tense)

This is a great activity that you can use as a warmer, as a review activity or even as a filler. It can be used in ANY level to practice any tense for affirmative, negative or questions. It's a g ...
1 Views 11,506 All
Past Simple or Present Perfect Revision Exercise

Past Simple or Present Perfect Revision Exercise

This is a worksheet to revise the use of these two tenses: past simple and present perfect. There are six different tasks. Positive sentences, negative sentences and questions. The last exercise ...
1 Views 16,821 ElemPre-IntInt
Present Perfect With Yet, Just And Already

Present Perfect With Yet, Just And Already

This worksheet lets students review past participles, and it gives students the opportunity to practise present perfect with “yet, just, already”. In the first exercise students need ...
1 Views 10,562 Pre-Int
Will For Predictions, Decisions, Offers And Promises

Will For Predictions, Decisions, Offers And Promises

This worksheets lets students practise the form and function of the modal verb “will” for predictions, decisions, offers and promises. In the first exercise students match sentences w ...
1 Views 10,505 Pre-Int

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