Jacqueline Jacqueline

Verb Tense
CLB 2/3 level


In this lesson students will learn Verb Tense, Simple Present form and usage


Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of verb tenses in the English Language

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification for simple present tense verb usage in a sentence. Students will develop fluency through practicing and using the simple present verb tense in everyday communication.


Warmer/Lead-in: Sentence Scramble (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Following from previous lesson of simple sentences, the Teacher will present to the students a group of words that form a simple sentence, that are not in order. The students have to put the words in order and read the sentence aloud.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Using the simple sentences that were listed from the previous section, the teacher will draw the students attention to the action or verb of the sentence. Teacher will cue the students with questions, what is the subject doing in these sentences?

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

The action words are called verbs. In these sentences the verbs are in the present tense. The subject is doing the action now. Bob walks his dog. This is the base form also known as the infinitive form. Are all of these sentences in the present simple verb form? Look at these two sentences; Bob walks his dog. Bob is walking his dog. What do you notice about these two sentences? Are they the same or different? Does the meaning of the sentence change? Are both of these sentences in the present verb tense? Point out to the students that the "ing" for of the verb, walking does not change the verb tense, as it is still in the present tense. Teacher then introduces the third person singular present simple, also called the "s" form. Bob walks his dog everyday. I walk my dog everyday. She walks her dog everyday.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Teacher summarizes all of the present simple verb tense that has been covered and practices with the students, having the students repeat the statements/sentences. This continues on until the teacher is satisfied that the students have gained an understanding of using the present simple verb tense in a simple sentence structure.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Students now practice in student to student interaction the exercise that is posted by the teacher.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

The teacher then asks the student to create their own example of present simple tense verbs used in a simple sentence to share with the class.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Students complete a work sheet that is provided by the teacher.

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