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Ahh, the present simple verb tense. For the first time, your level-one students are stepping out of the world of basic vocabulary, and into the much wider world of English grammar. It’s an exciting stage in any class - and it’s also one of the most important stages to get right. After all, your students’ grasp of simple present tense singulars and plurals is the foundation on which they’ll build their understanding of English grammar in general. That means it’s crucial to give them views of this tense from all angles, using every kind of activity and exercise at your disposal.

Different teachers use different tactics to get their students familiar with the present simple tense. Some start with worksheets, then work their way up to listening and speaking exercises. Others kick things off with some board work, then ask their students to try to use the present simple tense in a sentence. Still others like to keep things relaxed with games - and you probably want to use at least some of all these approaches. All that’s left is to find a variety of teaching resources focused on the present simple tense.

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GRAMMAR TIP:What Is Present Simple?
The simple present or present simple is one of the present tenses used in modern English, the others being Present continuous (English) and the emphatic present. The simple present is mainly used to express habitual actions, such as he walks to school. The simple present is often employed in newspaper headlines, conditional sentences, when a planned event is described along with a time in the future, in suggestions beginning with Why don't you...?, and with certain verbs. It can also be used when making a citation. When asking a question, the simple present often uses the emphatic present, which employs the auxiliary to do. The exception is when the question word is the subject of the sentence.
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Hanging Out: Free-Time Activities

Hanging Out: Free-Time Activities

Guilherme G Tidon
In this listening activity, students will hear 4 speakers describing where and with whom they usually hang out. After matching the activities to the speakers, students will review some collocatio ...
1 Views 4,035 Elem
Present Simple Board Game

Present Simple Board Game

Eleni Papadogianni
» » Present Simple
This is an easy Present Simple board game including affirmative, negative, and question forms. Students are asked to get into teams, roll the dice and make sentences in order to practice the gra ...
1 Views 6,493 BegElem
Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Worksheet

Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Worksheet

Novi Rezeki
Both the present simple and the continuous tenses are some of the most fundamental aspects of grammar. We use and hear these tenses every day, so it's important to understand the differences ...
1 Views 12,453 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
SONG: Penny Lane (The Beatles)

SONG: Penny Lane (The Beatles)

Guilherme G Tidon
In this worksheet, students will work with the song 'Penny Lane' by The Beatles. There are many opportunities to work on different topics here: present simple, body parts, jobs, places in town. Th ...
1 Views 8,086 Pre-IntIntAdv
Going Shopping Fill in the Blank Conversation

Going Shopping Fill in the Blank Conversation

Guilherme G Tidon
In this worksheet, students will fill in the blanks of two conversations at a shop. After that, they will look into the language and vocabulary used in the conversations and analyze their meanings ...
1 Views 6,444 ElemPre-Int
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To Have Worksheet: Affirmative, Negation, Questions

To Have Worksheet: Affirmative, Negation, Questions

Klaudia
Present Simple, , ,
It is a worksheet for children that I made in order to practice the verb "to have" using affirmative sentences, negation and questions. It is suitable for beginners and elementary level. I used it ...
1 Views 3,819 Elem
Speaking About Now, Before Now, After Now Question Worksheet

Speaking About Now, Before Now, After Now Question Worksheet

Antonella Arista
I created this worksheet to help students revise a variety of verb tenses and practice forming questions and answers. I used it in secondary schools as well as in adult conversation classes and it ...
1 Views 5,816 Pre-IntInt
Placing Adverbs of Frequency in Sentences

Placing Adverbs of Frequency in Sentences

Robin Woelke
, Present Simple, ,
This is a quick and easy exercise of adverbs of frequency. It has both the verb be and regular verbs, so the teacher should have already explained the difference in adverb placement. The student ...
1 Views 5,334 Pre-IntInt
Questions and Negatives - Present Simple and Present Continuous

Questions and Negatives - Present Simple and Present Continuous

Bianka Molnar
, Present Simple
Practise questions and negatives in the Present Simple and the Present Continuous. Enjoy learning/teaching English with this exercise. Students have to choose between using the Present Simple or ...
1 Views 6,721 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Routine vs Free Time Printable Cards

Routine vs Free Time Printable Cards

Nora Choperena
The cards can be used to review vocabulary of daily routine, frequency adverbs, free time activities, likes /dislikes using the simple present. Put the cards in a box/bag and ask students to choo ...
1 Views 7,707 Elem
Weather Table Conversation Activity

Weather Table Conversation Activity

Roman Gabryś
The worksheet consists of a table where students should ask one another questions about the weather in a corresponding country. Great for developing speaking skills and teaching weather-related vo ...
1 Views 6,452 BegElem
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 7,278 ElemPre-IntInt
Present Simple PowerPoint

Present Simple PowerPoint

Tammy
» » Present Simple
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 8,775 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 12,844 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 6,961 Pre-IntInt
Passive Voice- Present Simple & Past Simple Exercises

Passive Voice- Present Simple & Past Simple Exercises

, , Present Simple
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 15,237 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet - Suddenly I see KT Tunstall

Song Worksheet - Suddenly I see KT Tunstall

Danielle Santana
» » Present Simple
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 5,360 Pre-IntInt
Past and Present Tense Simple Lesson Outline with Teacher Instructions

Past and Present Tense Simple Lesson Outline with Teacher Instructions

, Present Simple
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 10,935 Elem
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 6,839 BegElem
Song Worksheet: I Must be Dreaming by The Maine (Present Simple)

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

Ana
, Present Simple,
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 7,549 BegElemPre-IntExam
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 10,224 Beg
Doesn't Remind Me - Audioslave - Present Simple (negative)

Doesn't Remind Me - Audioslave - Present Simple (negative)

Débora
This Audioslave's song allows us to practise the present simple. As it can be seen in the title, the focus is on the negative form of the 3rd person singular. Students have to fill in the blanks ...
1 Views 6,667 Elem
Ed Sheeran - Shape of You (3rd Person Singular Practice and More)

Ed Sheeran - Shape of You (3rd Person Singular Practice and More)

Marina Andrade
Present Simple,
I hope you can make good use of this worksheet made specially for ESL students from Brazil. Start by eliciting the questions they should write. Then, ss go in pairs and ask each other the question ...
1 Views 15,758 BegElemPre-IntInt
Interview With A Biker Reading And Speaking

Interview With A Biker Reading And Speaking

This is a short text adapted from a blog presenting an interview in reported speech. I have created questions to help students understand the text and also help them prepare for a role play. There ...
1 Views 10,319 ElemPre-Int
Adverbs of Frequency Ladder Game

Adverbs of Frequency Ladder Game

SI
Practice using adverbs of frequency with this game. This is a game for two. You will need a token each. Game rules: 1. Place your tokens at the bottom of the ladder. 2. In turns, ask each oth ...
1 Views 14,365 ElemPre-IntInt

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