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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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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 1,591 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 7,020 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 4,029 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 7,772 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 5,914 Pre-Int
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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 4,674 Pre-Int
Fortnite Presentation - Vocabulary Practice

Fortnite Presentation - Vocabulary Practice

Igor Daniel
This is a PowerPoint presentation on Fortnite I made for my young students. They love playing this game, and I designed a presentation with info about the game as well as a vocabulary practice. T ...
1 Views 4,514 Pre-IntIntAdv
Travel Flashcards - Add Your Own Labels

Travel Flashcards - Add Your Own Labels

Jeff Genet
Beautifully illustrated flashcards for teaching travel English. This travel-themed set will brighten up the classroom, increase retention and provide an awesome visual learning aid. The flashcard ...
1 Views 4,442 All
Present Simple Lesson Worksheet

Present Simple Lesson Worksheet

Jeff Genet
This fun lesson contains a link to an animated video that was made specifically for ESL/EFL students to learn how to form the present simple tense. Extremely fun and contextualized explanations a ...
1 Views 9,317 BegElemPre-Int
Irregular Verbs and Introduction To Present Perfect: Form

Irregular Verbs and Introduction To Present Perfect: Form

This worksheet lets students review common irregular verbs and gives them the opportunity to practise the form of present perfect. In the first exercise students complete a table with the past si ...
1 Views 3,625 Pre-Int
Everyday Activities Worksheet

Everyday Activities Worksheet

Jeff Genet
A super fun and engaging lesson plan with an animated video for students to watch. After watching the video, students complete the questions, grammar and vocabulary activities. A powerful resourc ...
1 Views 15,814 BegElemPre-Int
Morning Routines

Morning Routines

Guilherme G Tidon
In this lesson, learners will listen to a conversation between Sarah and John. They talk about their morning routines and students are asked to (1) listen for the times, (2) get specific informat ...
1 Views 6,597 Elem
Thunder & the Past Continuous

Thunder & the Past Continuous

Alba Mena
Song: Thunder, by Imagine Dragons. Lyrics with gaps to fill with the past simple and the past continuous, mostly the second verb tense. Other questions included about the song's vocabulary and th ...
1 Views 4,854 Pre-Int
Past Simple Practice

Past Simple Practice

MARINA Kennedy
Practice Simple Past tense with this easy-to-use worksheet. This worksheet was designed for Portuguese native speakers and might contain Portuguese words for further explanation/instructions. Stu ...
2 Views 10,012 ElemPre-Int
Cat Left Home Alone Video Worksheet

Cat Left Home Alone Video Worksheet

DIANA CASTRO
This worksheet is useful when working with younger children. It's visual. No words. The idea is to captivate student's interest and work on vocabulary and comprehension activities after watching ...
1 Views 26,392 Elem
Superlatives: Form, And Use With Present Perfect With “Ever”

Superlatives: Form, And Use With Present Perfect With “Ever”

This worksheets lets students revisit the form of superlatives and their use with present perfect with “ever”. In the first exercise students complete a table with the correct compara ...
1 Views 11,521 Pre-Int
Present Perfect vs Past Simple: Specific Point In The Past Or Unspecified Time?

Present Perfect vs Past Simple: Specific Point In The Past Or Unspecified Time?

This worksheet lets students review the use of present perfect for unspecified time in the past and contrasts it with the use of past simple for a specific point in the past.   In this exe ...
1 Views 15,792 Pre-Int
Future (Will, Be Going To & Present Continuous)

Future (Will, Be Going To & Present Continuous)

Nesma Bayome
This sheet works best for introducing and eliciting the rules of future tenses (Will, Be going to and Present Continuous) in terms of decisions made on the spot or in the past and plans. Students ...
1 Views 10,326 Pre-IntIntAdv
Greta Thunberg's Speech Post-Listening Task. Communicative-Grammar Focus.

Greta Thunberg's Speech Post-Listening Task. Communicative-Grammar Focus.

Rebeca Calvo Cogan
Activities based on Greta Thunberg's speech at COP24, Katowice, Poland. December 2018. Especially interesting if as a teacher you support 15th of March Students' Global Strike or Fridays for Futu ...
1 Views 13,718 Pre-IntInt
A Funny Christmas Story

A Funny Christmas Story

Oleg Mazurenko
This is a vocabulary gap-fill worksheet to help young learners retell a short animation film about Three Little Pigs and Santa. I hope your students will enjoy this activity as much as mine ...
1 Views 24,549 Elem
Past Simple Of Regular Verbs PowerPoint

Past Simple Of Regular Verbs PowerPoint

Jesús Gerónimo
Grammar spelling rules and pronunciation for past simple of regular verbs. Here you will find a complete class (PowerPoint) on past simple of regular verbs. Starting with spelling rules, going on ...
1 Views 12,495 BegElemPre-IntInt
Third Person Singular Pronunciation Maps (Simple Present)

Third Person Singular Pronunciation Maps (Simple Present)

HELLEN HAGA
This is a game based on Marck Hancock's maze available on his website. Students have to find the path through the verbs with the same pronunciation: e.g. cooks - visits - helps. It aims at helpin ...
1 Views 14,079 BegElem
Present Continuous for Kids

Present Continuous for Kids

virginia
This is a worksheet containing many exercises about actions in progress: matching exercises, reading and writing activities. The lesson requires a basic knowledge of action verbs, the verb "to be ...
1 Views 22,364 BegElem
Conversation

Conversation "About Me" Worksheet

Elisa
  Conversation lesson "all about me" inspires students to talk about themselves and practice WH words. This worksheet is suitable for a conversation class.
1 Views 15,925 Pre-Int
Practise Active and Passive Voice. History of Central Europe

Practise Active and Passive Voice. History of Central Europe

Anastasiia
The worksheet focuses on the Passive and Active voice used to create past narrative. The tasks are based on the video that lists the historical events and major changes in Central Europe in 20th ...
1 Views 12,426 IntAdv

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