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Classroom activities to teach narrative tenses

Classroom activities to teach narrative tenses
Are you looking for new grammar games for the classroom? Multiple winner of the TeachingEnglish blog award Mike Astbury shares some resources to download, print, and use in your class. What are narrative tenses? Narrative tenses are verb tenses that are used to talk about the past. You can often find them in stories, textbooks, spoken accounts and in descriptions of past events. The following are examples of narrative tenses: Past simple: 'We left for the airport on an exceptionally sunny day.' Past continuous: 'The sun was shining and it was really hot by midday.' Past perfect: 'It had been sunny on and off for the previous fortnight.' Past perfect continuous: 'We had been waiting at the airport for what seemed like an eternity.' Activities to practise narrative tenses The following games are designed to help students practise narrative tenses and don’t require teacher supervision. The games use 16 cards, which tell a short story when combined together. A. B. These are card templates. C. D.

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Simple present tense The simple present tense is one of several forms of present tense in English. It is used to describe habits, unchanging situations, general truths, and fixed arrangements. The simple present tense is simple to form. Just use the base form of the verb: (I take, you take, we take, they take) The 3rd person singular takes an -s at the end. (he takes, she takes) It’s a time thing: Activities for practicing the past perfect – English Endeavors “It’s the past of the past,” I often say when explaining the past perfect to intermediate learners. However, this can sound odd, as if we were wandering someplace long ago and far away. While it is true that the past perfect is very past-oriented, much of the time, we do not need it. For example, we are not likely to say, “I had gone to the gym. Then I met Gemini for coffee.”

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Present perfect practice Here’s a quick instructional video for a very adaptable classroom game: I’ve written about this game in a previous post, with an example using conditionals, so for a full written version of the instructions you can [click here] The game works well because everything the students produce is personalised. Early in the term, if they don’t know each other very well, it’s great as a get to know you where students can share their experiences. Alternatively, if the students have been in the same class for a while, it’s even better. They’re really able to trick each other and write convincing sentences from their classmates’ perspective.

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Low-preparation games to practise present simple questions in English Cristina Cabal, winner of the British Council's TeachingEnglish blog award, has collected her favourite games for practising the tense that isn't always as simple as its name. One of the first things people learn when they study English is the present simple form of verbs. However, learners often forget to add the -s ending to the third person singular: Eva walk to work every day Five tips for using authentic video in the classroom How can teachers use video content that isn't designed especially for language learners? English language teaching materials writer and developer Lewis Lansford explains. These days, learners have easy access to English language input, that is, authentic language in use, such as online videos, social media, and podcasts. Most teachers appreciate that using authentic materials – anything produced for a purpose other than teaching English – can capture and hold learners' attention, and motivate them to improve. But they also know that unfiltered, ungraded content can be hard to understand. Speakers often speak quickly, and use grammar and vocabulary that learners haven’t yet mastered.