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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 tense and punctuation usage for beginners

Simple present tense and punctuation usage for beginners

Narjis Abdallah
This question sheet focuses on the present simple tense to measure a beginner's understanding of the variable usage of this form of verb. It contains exercises such as filling in the blanks, r ...
1 Views 26 BegElem
Present Simple and Continuous Chart for 5th–6th Graders

Present Simple and Continuous Chart for 5th–6th Graders

Cséke Nikoletta
  This chart shows the structural differences between the Present Simple and Present Continuous tenses. It's suitable for 5th-6th Graders and beginner students, who are just introduced to ...
1 Views 2,002 Elem
Song: Memories by Maroon 5 – Level A2

Song: Memories by Maroon 5 – Level A2

ARACELI REYES
  This song by Maroon 5 helps to practice verbs in the past tense and listening comprehension. It is suitable for A2-level students. After listening to the song and completing the activiti ...
1 Views 4,985 Pre-Int
Grammar Review B2 and C1 Levels

Grammar Review B2 and C1 Levels

Manuela Moraes
This PowerPoint presentation helps students review the time tenses. It includes some warm-up examples (teachers should prepare their own explanations), and three grammar exercises (with answers) ...
1 Views 3,466 AdvExam
Harry Potter Past Simple Fill in the Blanks

Harry Potter Past Simple Fill in the Blanks

Froukje Berkouwer
This simple fill-in-the-blank exercise is perfect for students to practice the Past Simple tense. It is an extract from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Students fill in ...
1 Views 1,634 Pre-IntInt
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Song Worksheet: Sam Smith, Fire on Fire

Song Worksheet: Sam Smith, Fire on Fire

Tatiana Rivadeneira
  This short worksheet is for elementary and pre-intermediate students to help them recognize the present and past simple tenses. It includes words that might sound alike or can be confusi ...
1 Views 1,107 ElemPre-Int
True Friends

True Friends

Oleg Mazurenko
  In this worksheet, students go through the vocabulary preparation, watch a video about two octopus friends, recall Past Simple verbs, then complete the summary of the story. If your stud ...
1 Views 3,626 ElemPre-Int
Inner Workings Video Worksheet

Inner Workings Video Worksheet

Maria Sol Manuli
  The activities in this worksheet are based on the short film "Inner workings". The activities were made to practice the "present simple" and vocabulary related to a daily routine. Other ...
1 Views 7,154 BegElemPre-Int
Songworksheet: Someone You Loved (L. Capaldi)

Songworksheet: Someone You Loved (L. Capaldi)

  Studenst listen to the song on YouTube and complete the lyrics with the instructions in the chart for each blank. The blanks correspond to verbs in the present simple (inc. to be) and pr ...
1 Views 3,797 BegElemPre-Int
J.S.Bach and Baroque Music

J.S.Bach and Baroque Music

Vivien Bieliková
  The presentation comprises teaching material related to Baroque Music and the personality of J.S.Bach a – the sort of dissemination for non-commercial purposes to the widest commun ...
1 Views 2,846 Elem
THE QUEEN’S SPEECH

THE QUEEN’S SPEECH

Anastasiia
  The worksheet focuses on the use of Present Simple, Present Continuous, Future Simple, Present Perfect tenses. Students observe the use of the tenses in Queen Elizabeth’s address t ...
1 Views 4,530 Pre-IntInt
SONG – Landslide by Fleetwood Mac covered by The Chicks

SONG – Landslide by Fleetwood Mac covered by The Chicks

Igor de Oliveira Poty
  This worksheet is based on the song Landslide from Fleetwood Mac. The lyrics match The Chicks version better as they are easier to understand. Students listen to and watch the video and ...
1 Views 2,408 Pre-IntIntAdv
Hoarding

Hoarding

Lorena Andrea
  This upper-intermediate worksheet covers the subject of hoarding. Students go through and discuss the questions carefully. Then they watch the video on YouTube through the provided link. ...
1 Views 5,064 Adv
Thunder By Imagine Dragons Fill In The Blank Worksheet

Thunder By Imagine Dragons Fill In The Blank Worksheet

Tammy Cohen Dadon
  This listening comprehension activity is a fill-in-the-blank assignment. Students listen to and watch the video then answer the questions using the words from the word bank. It includes ...
1 Views 9,269 IntAdvExam

"Something Stupid" Song Worksheet

Phil Raymond
  This is a listening activity for elementary learners based on a section of the New English File Elementary book, page 19. This was made for those who perhaps have never tried listening t ...
1 Views 4,253 Elem
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 3,544 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 1,615 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 3,005 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 3,436 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 4,570 BegElemPre-IntInt
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 3,026 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 2,663 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 2,388 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 4,051 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 1,993 Int

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