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Present Simple - ESL EFL Teaching Resources

Present Simple Dominoes

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This enjoyable dominoes game is perfect for reviewing the present simple tense. Each pair of students is given a set of dominoes that they divide out equally. One student places a domino in front of them. The other student has to make a complete present simple sentence or question by placing one of his or her dominoes at either end of the first domino. If a student puts down a domino that doesn't make a grammatically correct sentence or question, they must pick up their domino and miss a turn. The students continue taking it in turns to place dominoes until one student has no dominoes left. That student is the winner.

Present Simple Dominoes.PDF

 

During the Week

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this engaging speaking activity, students make affirmative and negative present simple sentences about their routine activities. The students are told that they are going to talk about things they do and don’t do during the week using cards to help them. Students take it in turns to turn over a verb card on a chart and match the verb with one of the activity cards in their hand. They then make a true sentence about what they do or don’t do at that time and day. For example, a student turns over the verb 'go' on the square representing 'Wednesday morning', matches it with the word 'cycling' and says, "I don’t go cycling on Wednesday morning." If the group agrees that the sentence is correct, the student puts their activity card on top of the verb card. The next student then turns over a verb card and so on. The aim of the game is to be the first student to get rid of all their activity cards. The first student to do so is the winner.

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Fact or Fiction

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this entertaining activity, students make affirmative and negative present simple statements and their partner guesses if they are true or false. The students begin by matching verbs with the nouns / noun phrases on their worksheet. They then write 12 positive and negative sentences about themselves using the verbs and nouns. The sentences can be true or false. When they have finished writing, the class is divided into pairs. Students take it in turns to read a sentence and their partner decides if the sentence is true or false. Students score one point for each correct guess. The winner is the student with the most points at the end.

Fact or Fiction.PDF

 

Fun with Verbs

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

Here is an excellent multi-purpose worksheet for teaching students verb / noun collocations and subject-verb agreement using the present simple. Students begin by matching each verb on the worksheet with three nouns. After they have matched the verbs and nouns together, the students practice subject-verb agreement. They do this by writing a present simple sentence for each verb using the three nouns. An answer key is provided.

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 ESL Present Simple

Monday to Friday

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this entertaining pairwork activity, students talk about their Monday to Friday routine using the present simple. Each student is paired with someone they don't know very well. The students complete statements about their partner by guessing the answers. When they have finished, each student reads out their statements and their partner must say whether each statement is right or wrong. If it is wrong, their partner gives the correct information. When the students have finished, the students discuss whether they have a lot in common with each other or not. As an alternative, you could ask the students to complete the worksheets and then prepare a question for each statement. The students then ask and answer the questions in order to find out if their statements are right or wrong.

Monday to Friday.PDF

 

My Animal

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This activity is ideal for teaching the present simple to express habitual actions. Students take on the role of an animal and complete present simple sentences as if they were that animal. Students choose one animal they want to be. The students draw a picture of the animal and complete present simple sentences about the animal's habits. The students write as if they are the animal using the first person. After that, the students work with a partner. They take it in turns to read their sentences to each other. Finally, the students find the most dangerous partner they can and read their sentences to each other again.

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Present Simple Draughts

ESL EFL Speaking and Matching Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

Here is a creative way to teach your students about present simple subject-verb agreement. The class is divided into pairs. One student is given pronoun/noun counters and the other student is given verb counters. Students then play a game of draughts using the pronouns/nouns and verbs. A pronoun/noun counter may take a verb or vice versa when there is grammatical agreement between them. When there is grammatical agreement, the student makes a sentence using the two words before the counter is taken. If a student manages to get their counter across the board, it becomes a queen. The queen can move around the board freely and has grammatical agreement with all counters. When the students have finished playing, they swap counters and play again.

Present Simple Draughts.PDF

 

Present Simple Grammar Practice

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This supplementary worksheet is ideal for students to practice or review the present simple tense. The students begin by completing 20 sentences with the present simple of the verbs in brackets. The students get to practice both affirmative and negative present simple sentences and questions in the first and third person. After that, they create their own present simple sentences about themselves and a member of their family. Then, in pairs, the students read their sentences to each other and check for mistakes. An answer key is provided.

Present Simple Grammar Practice.PDF  

Present Simple Places - Board Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this fun board game, students practice the present simple and prepositions of place by matching verbs with places. The players read the subject pronoun and verb on the square their counter lands on and then match it with a place on one of their cards. Then, they make a complete present simple sentence, adding the correct preposition. The first student to reach the finish or use up all their cards wins.

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Simon the Sportsman

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this enjoyable activity, students practice the present simple tense, adverbs of frequency and sports vocabulary. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a worksheet. Each worksheet contains missing information about Simon's routine. Students take it in turns to ask and answer present simple questions in order to complete a chart. Once the pair has finished, they complete a matching activity in which they make true present simple sentences about Simon based on the chart. Finally, they create five more sentences of their own about Simon's routine using the present simple tense.

Simon the Sportsman.PDF

 

Verb Dominoes - have, take, go

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

This ESL teaching activity is perfect for teaching students how to make present simple sentences using verb and noun collocations. Each pair of students is given a set of dominoes. Each student takes eight dominoes. The left-over dominoes are placed in a pile, face down. The students take it in turns to put down a domino by matching the verb and noun collocations together. When a student makes a collocation, they say a present simple sentence using the two words. The first student to get rid of all their dominoes is the winner.

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What do you do at the weekend?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this present simple teaching activity, students discuss their routines and explain what they usually do at the weekend. The class is split into pairs and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students write their partner's name at the top of the worksheet. Then, they ask and answer questions and complete the worksheet with information about their partner's weekend. When everyone has finished, the students describe their partner's weekend to the class. Students can also explain how their weekends are different from their partners.

What do you do at the weekend.PDF

 

Who are you?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

Here is an engaging worksheet to help teach young learners how to use the present simple tense. Students start off by completing present simple sentences with information about themselves and drawing a picture of what they look like. They must also create two more present simple sentences describing who they are. Then, they complete the same information about their best friend, but this time they write whole sentences and use the third person. Afterwards, they present themselves or their best friend to the class.

Who are you.PDF

 

Who wrote it?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

Students use the present simple to ask and answer questions about routine activities in this captivating activity. The teaching activity also covers adverbs of frequency and time expressions. First, the students complete present simple sentences with true information about themselves. After that, they put all the sentences into a box in the middle of the room. The students then take one sentence each and have to find out who wrote it. They do this by going round the class asking present simple questions. When they find the person who wrote the sentence, they write that person’s name on the card, keep it, and take another sentence from the box. The winner is the student with the most sentences at the end of the activity.

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Your Neighbourhood

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 1 Hour

This detailed lesson enables students to talk about the routine activities they do in their neighbourhood. The lesson provides the students with guided questions and answers for them to follow. The students use the vocabulary, expressions and questions they learn to make a present simple conversation in pairs. The students then present their conversations to the class.

Your Neighbourhood.PDF

 

Present Simple Practice

ESL EFL Lesson - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this productive lesson, students learn to identify the rules and verb forms associated with the present simple tense. Students start off by looking at third person singular verb forms. Students add –s, -es, or –ies to the end of verbs. Then, they complete the spelling rules by going through their list of verbs. Students then underline the correct verb form in a set of sentences. Then, they write what they understand about subject-verb agreement in the present simple. After that, the students fill in the correct verb forms in positive and negative sentences. Then, they write the rules for negative verb forms in the present simple. Finally, students rewrite sentences, putting adverbs of frequency and frequency expressions in the right place. After which, they complete sentences explaining the correct placement of frequency adverbs in a sentence.

Present Simple Practice.PDF

 

Related Teaching Resources: Adverbs of Frequency  /  Present Simple Questions 

 
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#10 Carlos Cabrera 2015-08-22 15:01
Hello. Your activities are great. Thank you very much for sharing them.
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