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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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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 52 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 2,943 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 3,172 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 5,584 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 3,732 Elem
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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 10,383 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 7,255 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 8,286 ElemPre-IntInt
Kamchatka Is My Homeland

Kamchatka Is My Homeland

Maria
This is a PowerPoint presentation about a unique Russian peninsula called Kamchatka. In this material you can find some information about Kamchatka's nature, houses and people while looking at the ...
1 Views 3,829 Elem
Rapunzel's Daily Routine

Rapunzel's Daily Routine

GALINA
» » Present Simple
This section is aimed at training the use of the Present Simple tense to speak about your daily routine. The workseet is based on the episode from the Disney cartoon Tangled (2010). The tasks tar ...
1 Views 7,782 Pre-Int
Verbs to Show Senses

Verbs to Show Senses

ΚΑΤΕΡΙ\
Present Simple,
This worksheet provides practice in the use of verbs of senses offering a choice of possibilities for students to create sentences. Students are expected to combine a suitable subject with an appr ...
6 Views 9,975 Pre-Int
Likes and Dislikes Conversation Activity

Likes and Dislikes Conversation Activity

Maria Botina
In this activity, students pair up. Each student receives a list of different items and asks his/her partner "Do you like (insert item from list)?" If the partner says "yes," the student colors in ...
7 Views 17,043 BegElem
Cheerleader by OMI

Cheerleader by OMI

Celia
Present Simple, ,
You can teach simple present tense, the rule of the third person and the auxiliaries Do and Does. You can also teach vocabulary. There are two pages, the first one you look for the vocabulary, the ...
2 Views 7,692 Elem
Emergency Services Role Play Cards

Emergency Services Role Play Cards

SI
These role play cards are designed for elementary to pre-intermediate learners. There are 6 different scenarios split between the police, ambulance and fire service. Students work in pairs to prep ...
5 Views 40,780 ElemPre-Int
Urban Legends for High School Students

Urban Legends for High School Students

BusyTeacher Contributor
, , Present Simple
This is a lesson produced to work with high school students to develop past tenses and the ability of telling and writing stories. The activities are contextualized through the genre Urban Legends ...
8 Views 12,179 IntAdv
NICE TO MEET YOU! (Find someone who...)

NICE TO MEET YOU! (Find someone who...)

Iván Jaramillo
, Present Simple
This is a mingle activity for a group of up to 15 students (last 3 cards can be taken out without any change in the activity). Students' cards include personal information such as name, nationaity ...
11 Views 14,223 ElemInt
Present Simple - PPT

Present Simple - PPT

» » Present Simple
This is a presentation about Present Simple where we discuss some basic aspects of this topic, such as the different modalities of the tense, or the use of adverbs of frequency. It contains a lot ...
3 Views 14,161 Beg
Spelling Rules: Simple Present (3rd person he-she-it)

Spelling Rules: Simple Present (3rd person he-she-it)

Diana
, Present Simple, ,
This activity requires students to identify the correct spelling of the verbs for the Present Simple for 3rd person singular (he/she/it) and match the verb to its respective spelling rule. Some in ...
6 Views 24,665 ElemPre-Int
Simple Tenses Conversation Questions

Simple Tenses Conversation Questions

Murilo Camarini
This is a list of several questions designed to help teach verb tenses. The questions are divided into Simple Present, Simple Past, and Simple Future. This worksheet also contains a bunch of Mixed ...
9 Views 44,361 Pre-IntInt
Daily Routine Game

Daily Routine Game

Maria do Rosário Viana
» » Present Simple
It's a game to practice the simple present using daily activities as vocabulary. My students liked it so much. It's very simple to play. The teacher chooses one student that will begin. Afterwards ...
10 Views 28,402 Elem
I Love My Family

I Love My Family

This is a simple and easy reading comprehension worksheet on the topic family, physical description and the present simple tense. The worksheet is available in both colour and black and white ...
3 Views 16,880 Elem
Making Sentences in English (Present Simple)

Making Sentences in English (Present Simple)

S.I.
, Present Simple,
This document is a summary sheet of English tenses, the basic sentence structure and subject pronouns. I use this as an introduction to basic grammar knowledge for complete beginners. The main foc ...
9 Views 20,846 Beg
Movie Worksheet: Word Order ,10 + 10 Amazing Facts (Present Simple)

Movie Worksheet: Word Order ,10 + 10 Amazing Facts (Present Simple)

A worksheet to practice the present simple and sentence structure. In the video there is a short explanation of word order in English plus an activity similar to the one in the worksheet with 10 ...
4 Views 14,550 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
5 Uses of the Verb 'to Be'

5 Uses of the Verb 'to Be'

Sara Iancu
» » Present Simple
I created this PDF to help my students understand the verb 'to be' more easily. The verb 'to be' gets used so much in the English language but students often have difficulty knowing when to use it ...
6 Views 11,366 BegElem
Present Simple Usage

Present Simple Usage

» » Present Simple
This is a handout accompanied by a YouTube video to introduce present simple to learners. The worksheet contains 10 of the most general uses for present simple, while the video also has an intera ...
3 Views 8,921 Pre-IntIntAdvExam

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