Category Archives: Present tenses

Linking food and drink to other language points

While reorganising my food and drink vocab index pages, noticed that many of them tied it in quite nicely with other language points – buy one language point, get one free! Here are the ones that do that: Food and … Continue reading

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New Present Simple pdf classroom materials pages

So many activities recently that the main Present Simple photocopiables page had got a bit unmanageable. Hopefully a bit easier to handle now with separate pages for Third Person S Activities and It is/ They are Activities. Links also there … Continue reading

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New present tenses activities

My last three articles have been on this topic, including a brand new one on combining and contrasting the two present tenses, and there are also new worksheets on the relevant index pages: Articles with present tense activities 36 fun … Continue reading

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Present Simple – 56 stimulating practice activities

New article with that rather large number of activities just up on Usingenglish.com. Many of the ideas are possible with no or minimal resources, and we are getting up all the worksheets which are described as I write this. Article … Continue reading

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EFL taboo topics games (TEFLtastic classics Part 21)

Cultural training, loads of useful real-life speaking, and in one version a great way to contrast tenses. Students rank some questions and/ or topics from 1 point for great even with complete strangers to 5 points for completely taboo. They then ask each other … Continue reading

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50 Present Continuous links now much better organised

This was the opposite job to polishing up my Present Simple page, meaning this time there was already so much stuff there that it was impossible to navigate. Have therefore made new pages for Present Continuous for future arrangements, video worksheets … Continue reading

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Present Simple activities page much expanded

Still not the biggest of page even after doubling in size, but I think it’s much more useful to teach contrasting it with Present Continuous or third person S, both of which I have many more ideas for linked to from there: Present … Continue reading

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Three nice new simple third person S activities

1. Came up with this one last week, though it’s so simple I’m sure I’m not the first: Draw a stick boy and stick girl on the board, then students make statements (“He has black hair”) or answers questions (“Does … Continue reading

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A nice simple game for has/ have or has got/ have got

I did this in a one-to-one class with a false beginner student, and it was great because we had about equal chance of winning the game. Will also work well with group classes I am sure: The students compete to … Continue reading

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Teaching tenses games and tips

Like many of my students, I started on tenses thinking I’d quickly get them out of the way and then get onto something more interesting. However, five years later and here I still am writing articles on the little buggers… … Continue reading

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