In this post I would like to share with you the best activities I know to teach the present simple tense.
To achieve this, I will recycle some of the materials I have already and shared here. However, there are several new materials (for example the infographic) which I designed just for this post.
I hope you find these materials useful and you will use them in your lessons.
Present simple – song
Here are the lyrics to complete:
Present simple – form
The aim of the following activity is to sensitize students to the forms of the present simple tense and to improve their pronunciation.
Play the following rhyme and ask the students to listen and then repeat it. In the last phase, students should read it on their own.
It is a good idea to ask your students to memorise the rhyme.
Present simple – infographic
Print the picture for everyone and explain that students should use the ending -s with the third person singular.
You might want to teach the correct spelling of the -s ending, but I do not think it is a good idea. I believe, it is better to expose the students to the language now.
Present simple – story
Print the worksheet, so that every student has a copy. It is best to print the cards on a stronger paper. Ask the students to cut the cards and go through the cards and translate the expressions into the students´ MT. Students write the translation on the other side of each card.
Then students learn the new words using the flashcards.
Once they learn the words, play the following British Council video and ask the students to do the accompanying tasks. I think that tasks 1 and 4 are especially important.
[showmyadsa] Collect the texts your students write and correct them to see what problems your students have.
Present simple – grammar exercises
It is a good idea to teach the most frequent verbs in English here. Here are the flashcards for the most frequent verbs in English: