It is really important that students learn to form questions in the past simple tense. If they don’t, they won’t be able to ask about the things that happened in the past. And as most conversations deal with the things that already happened it is vital to be able to ask about the details they are interested in.
In this post I would like to help you teach your students form questions in the past simple tense using the auxiliary DID. This post will not deal with the verb TO BE in the past tense. You can find a post on the verb TO BE in questions here.
[showmyads] You will find here two videos, an infographic and several interactive exercises. I hope you like it.
Question words[/su_heading][su_spacer] Before dealing with questions in the past tense, it is important to revise the question words with your students. It is shocking how many students struggle with such a simple, yet crucial, thing.
First play the video and ask the students to watch and say the question words – best before they see them on the screen.
Then, cut the following worksheet into five stripes and ask the students to write the appropriate question words there.[su_button url=”https://engames.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Wh-questions-worksheet.pdf” target=”blank” background=”#f56b68″ size=”6″]Wh question words worksheet[/su_button]
Now you can move to forming questions in the past simple tense.[su_spacer][su_heading]
Forming questions in past tense – explanation[/su_heading][su_spacer] Start the explanation with eliciting the affirmative sentences formation. Explain that there is one basic rule in English and it is called SVOMPT. All English sentences have to follow this rule. At the beginning there is a subject and it is followed by a verb and then there is the rest of the sentence.
If you use the following infographic ask the students to fold the paper, so they can see only the last three rectangles.
To form a question in the past tense, just add DID at the beginning of the sentence and put the verb into its basic form. If you want to get a more complex answer, put a question word at the beginning. And there you are. Now you can form questions in the past simple tense.
Here you can see a video on how to form questions in the past simple tense.