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7 Activities for Teaching the Simple Past for the ESL Classroom - TEFL Blog


Wed, 06 Nov 2019 Linda Dunsmore Teaching Ideas 7 Activities for Teaching the Simple Past for the ESL Classroom The simple past is one of the most important tenses in the English language. As it describes past actions, it's quite an easy tense to teach using a variety of fun and interactive activities. Here are 7 activities for teaching the simple past for the ESL classroom. Table of Contents 1. Preparations 2. Good Days and Bad Days 3. Charades Series 4. Dear Diary 5. Get Out and About 6. Accurate Endings 7. Double Duty Review Listen to this blog post Are you ready to teach English abroad? Related Articles: For more activities check out: 10 Exciting Activities for the Past Simple 1. Preparations For this activity, the students think of significant accomplishments in their lives....  [Read more]

Past Simple Wh Questions Roll of the Dice - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Register now & get certified to teach english abroad! Past Simple Wh Questions Roll of the Dice Here's a fun past simple Wh questions ESL game to help you teach your students how to make questions in the past simple tense.   To play the game, divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding part of the worksheet and each pair two dice. Student B begins by rolling the dice and adding up the numbers rolled. Student A then formulates the past simple question that corresponds to the number on their worksheet. For example, if Student B rolls a two, Student A asks question two on their worksheet, i.e. 'What did you wear yesterday?' If Student B answers correctly, Student A crosses off the question. If Student B makes a grammatical mistake or...  [Read more]

A Summary of All English Tenses for ESL Teachers and Learners - TEFL Blog


Sun, 03 Mar 2019 Linda Dunsmore Alumni Experiences A Summary of All English Tenses for ESL Teachers and Learners The tense system of English is probably one of the most daunting areas for many speakers of other languages. Multiple tenses should be taught through explaining strict grammar rules while allowing the students to practice proper structure, as well as evaluating themselves with quizzes and examples. Table of Contents Listen to this blog post: 1. The Past Tenses 1) Simple Past Tense 2) Past Continuous Tense 3) Past Perfect Tense 4) Past Perfect Continuous Tense 2. The Present Tenses 1) Simple Present Tense 2) Present Continuous Tense 3) Present Perfect Tense 4) Present Perfect Continuous Tense 3. The Future Tense 1) Simple Future Tense 2) Future Continuous Tense 3) Future...  [Read more]

Teaching Multiple Tenses: The Past, Present, and Future Tenses - TEFL Blog


Mon, 16 Sep 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Teaching Multiple Tenses: The Past, Present, and Future Tenses In English, varying tense forms will change the structure of a sentence and verb conjugation. When studying English grammar, learning different tenses can present a great challenge to learners as well as teachers. English language learners may have to adjust to a greater number of tenses in English than in their native tongue. According to ITTT course materials, experts will state there are twelve tenses in the English language. The changes informing English verbs which mark past, present and future tenses are a key concept for learners to grasp to communicate effectively. Table of Contents Peculiarities of the English Language Present Tense Past Tense Future Tense Do you...  [Read more]

What is Grammar in English - Everything EFL Teachers Need to Know - TEFL Blog


Tue, 11 Jul 2023 Federico Riva Destinations TEFL Information Alumni Experiences What is Grammar in English - Everything EFL Teachers Need to Know English language grammar has a whole lot of definitions that focus on sound rules, words, sentences, and the combination and interpretation of other elements to make complete sense. To achieve this, the International TEFL and TESOL Training Lessons outline several aspects of the English language, such as parts of speech, present tense, past tense, future tense, phrasal verbs, and passive voice. Table of Contents PARTS OF SPEECH Nouns Pronouns Verbs Adjectives Adverbs Prepositions Conjunctions Gerunds Articles TENSES IN SENTENCES The Present Tenses Past Tenses Future Tenses MODAL AUXILIARY VERBS METHODOLOGIES Conclusion Are you ready to...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Teaching English Esl Efl Tips/past Tenses Past Simple Mill Drill - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


The Past Tenses - Past Simple - Mill Drill Activity   This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. We start off the series with the past simple tense. In this video, we show you how to execute a mill drill activity for this tense. Here, the teacher provides the students with a survey or questionnaire with statements in the past simple tense. The students then go around the classroom and ask other students about their past experiences. Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - English Grammar Past Tenses Review Teaching English Abroad Programs - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


English Grammar - Past Tenses Review - Teaching English Abroad Programs   This video reviews the past tenses. The past tenses form one part of ITTT's online TEFL courses. During the section on the past tenses you will learn the structure of each tense in its positive, negative and question forms as well as the usages of each tense. You will also learn some useful teaching ideas for the tenses. Past Simple: Subject + verb in past simple form I played Past Continuous: Subject + was + present participle I was playing Past Perfect: Subject + had + past participle I had played Past Perfect Continuous: Subject + had + been + present participle I had been playing To learn more about the past and other tenses check out our other videos online and consider taking one of our TEFL courses. A...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Teaching English Esl Efl Tips/past Tenses Past Simple Ideas - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


The Past Tenses - Past Simple - Teaching Ideas   This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. We start off the series with the past simple tense. In this video, we focus on useful teaching ideas for this tense. A great idea to practice this tense is a picture story. Here, the teacher provides the students with various photos or images and the students are asked to piece them together to make a story in the past. Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Teaching English Esl Efl Tips/past Tenses Past Simple Structure - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


The Past Tenses - Past Simple - Structure   This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. We start off the series with the past simple tense. This tense is used to express completed actions in the past. In this video, we focus on the structure of the past simple. Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next. Register now & get certified to teach english abroad! Check out ITTT's Blog Posts  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Teaching English Esl Efl Tips/past Tenses Past Perfect Structure Usages - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


The Past Tenses - Past Perfect - Structure and Usages   This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. In this video, we take a look at the past perfect tense. This tense is used to talk about a past action and a related past action before that. We relate two past actions to each other. Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next. Register now & get certified to teach english abroad! Check out ITTT's Blog Posts  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Teaching English Esl Efl Tips/past Tenses Past Simple Usages - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


The Past Tenses - Past Simple - Usages   This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. We start off the series with the past simple tense. In this video, we focus on the usages of the past simple tense, which mostly include completed actions at a definite time in the past. Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next. Register now & get certified to teach english abroad! Check out ITTT's Blog Posts  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Teaching English Esl Efl Tips/past Tenses Past Perfect Continuous Structure Usages - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


The Past Tenses - Past Perfect Continuous - Structure and Usages   This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. In this video, we take a look at the past perfect continuous tense. This tense is used to talk about two actions in the past focusing on the fact that one of the two actions had been continuing at another point in the past. Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next. Register now & get certified to teach english abroad! Check out...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Teaching English Esl Efl Tips/past Tenses Past Continuous Structure Usages - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


The Past Tenses - Past Continuous - Structure and Usages   This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. In this video, we take a look at the past continuous tense and how it is formed and used. This tense is used to indicate that a certain action was in progress at a particular time in the past. Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next. Register now & get certified to teach english abroad! Check out ITTT's Blog Posts  [Read more]

Teaching Multiple Tenses: Should You Do It and If So Which Ones? - TEFL Blog


Tue, 28 May 2019 Mark Crocker Alumni Experiences Teaching Ideas Teaching Multiple Tenses: Should You Do It and If So Which Ones? Teaching multiple tenses might sound frightening as teaching a single tense can sometimes be a challenge on its own. However, while it might seem difficult the first time you try it, it isn't as daunting as you would think. When teaching more than one tense at a time there are two main factors to consider: which tenses to teach together and what language level you are teaching. Table of Contents Simple Rules to Consider When Teaching Tenses Future Tense Forms Perfect Continuous Tenses Other Tense Options Are you ready to teach English grammar abroad? Related Articles: Listen to this blog post This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Teaching English Esl Efl Tips/past Tenses Past Continuous Ideas - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


The Past Tenses - Past Continuous - Teaching Ideas   This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. In this video, we take a look at the past continuous tense and suitable teaching ideas for this tense. The past continuous is very conducive to using pictures and talking about actions. We give our group of students cards with images and ask them to create sentences for what the people in the picture were doing at a certain time in the past. Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Teaching English Esl Efl Tips/past Tenses Past Perfect Ideas - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


The Past Tenses - Past Perfect - Teaching Ideas   This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. In this video, we take a look at the past perfect tense and suitable teaching ideas for this tense. We'll ask our students to describe what a person in a picture had just done before the photo was taken. Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next. Register now & get certified to teach english abroad! Check out ITTT's Blog Posts  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Overview Of All English Tenses Present Tenses Overview Present Perfect - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses Overview - Present Perfect   The present perfect always relates the past to the present. This can be through the unfinished past, where we're expressing duration, such as 'I have played football for 10 years,' the indefinite past expressing experience in your life, such as 'I have been to Italy and Spain,' and also to show the present results of a past action 'I have broken my leg.' I broke it in the past and it remains broken in the present. Our final present tense is the present perfect continuous tense. Our example sentence here 'I have been playing football for 10 years' has the structure subject plus auxiliary verb 'have' or 'has' and then a second auxiliary verb here 'being' plus 'verb-ing'; 'I have been playing.' Very much like...  [Read more]

What is a TEFL curriculum? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


What is a TEFL curriculum? Across the globe, there are five widely accepted levels of EFL learners, which are represented in the teaching materials and book series available for students and teachers. These levels are commonly referred to as: Note: Any levels above these are typically termed 'advanced' and aren't usually taught in standard settings. Please note that different curricula may categorize these levels in various ways. For instance, the Touchstone series from Cambridge uses a four-level scale, which, however, covers the same content as a conventional five-level scale. Another series, "Cutting Edge," encompasses six levels, including an advanced level, along with the standard five. Let's examine some representative syllabus content for each level from the "Cutting Edge" series,...  [Read more]

Challenges and Principles of Teaching Tenses and Conditionals - TEFL Blog


Fri, 17 Jul 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Challenges and Principles of Teaching Tenses and Conditionals In the early lessons of the course, I was able to better understand the components of the sentence, and the knowledge about word types was expanded. It includes a definite article, adjective, noun, verb, preposition, adverb, conjunction, gerund, personal pronoun. Table of Contents Tenses Conditionals The five main conditionals are as follows: Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Phuong P. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT. Tenses In unit 4, we have started talking about tenses in English. I looked at the four present...  [Read more]

What is a TEFL curriculum? - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ TEFL FAQs


What is a TEFL curriculum? Across the globe, there are five widely accepted levels of EFL learners, which are represented in the teaching materials and book series available for students and teachers. These levels are commonly referred to as: Note: Any levels above these are typically termed 'advanced' and aren't usually taught in standard settings. Please note that different curricula may categorize these levels in various ways. For instance, the Touchstone series from Cambridge uses a four-level scale, which, however, covers the same content as a conventional five-level scale. Another series, "Cutting Edge," encompasses six levels, including an advanced level, along with the standard five. Let's examine some representative syllabus content for each level from the "Cutting Edge" series,...  [Read more]

DO – DOES – DID – DONE - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Register now & get certified to teach english abroad! DO – DOES – DID – DONE The word "do" comes up a lot in English. This is because it can be used in a variety of ways and tenses. Let’s look at each one in more detail below.   TO DO – Present Tense   TO DO – Past Tense   TO DO – Past Participle TO DO – To replace a verb DO / DOES / DID – For Questions Another example would be: DO and DOES – For Emphasis One thing to note here is that "did" is used for positive sentences in the past tense and that the main verb is in its base form.   Are you interested in teaching English as a foreign language? ​Get your TESOL certification with ITTT. Register now & get certified to teach english abroad! Check out ITTT's Blog Posts  [Read more]

The Challenge of Teaching English Grammar - TEFL Blog


Sun, 15 Oct 2023 Federico Riva TEFL Information Alumni Experiences Teaching Ideas The Challenge of Teaching English Grammar One of the most intimidating requirements for many English teachers is teaching English grammar. This is due to the many components of English grammar, including, but not limited to, parts of speech, as well as past, present, and perfect tenses. Conditionals, direct and reported speech, modals, and phrasal verbs all fall under the English grammar umbrella. Table of Contents Understanding the Components of Grammar Navigating Tenses and Verb Forms Exploring Voices and Modals Mastering English Grammar Are you ready to teach English as a foreign language? Related Articles: Check out what our course grads say in our many video testimonials! Disclaimer: The views...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Overview Of All English Tenses Present Tenses Overview Present Continuous - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses Overview - Present Continuous   Our second example sentence 'I am playing football at the moment.' is the present continuous tense. This has a different structure as the subject 'I', the verb 'to be' in the present tense 'am', 'is' or 'are' plus the verb with an '?ing' on the end. So here: 'I am playing football at the moment.' Whereas the present simple tense is used to talk about habits routines and facts, the present continuous tense is used to talk about actions in progress at the time of speaking or around the time of speaking. Our third example sentence is the present perfect: 'I have played football twice this week.' Here, the structure is the subject 'I', auxiliary verb 'have' or 'has' plus the past participle. The past...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - English Grammar Past Perfect Continuous Teaching Ideas Tesl Efl - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


English Grammar - Past Perfect Continuous - Teaching Ideas - TESL   In this TESL training video the teaching idea for the past perfect continuous tense involves giving the students a prompt and asking them to finish it with a sensible answer in the past perfect continuous tense. For example: I didn't have dinner last night... because I had been snacking all day. She passed the test... because she had been studying hard. The past perfect continuous is a rarely used tense and is often quit confusing for learners of English as well as new English teachers. Taking a 120-hour online teaching course with ITTT will give the knowledge needed to make sure you know how to explain such tenses to students the moment you step into your first TESL classroom. Below you can read feedback from an...  [Read more]

Problems for English Learners in Russia - TEFL Blog


Fri, 18 Oct 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences Problems for English Learners in Russia People from different countries inevitably face problems when they are trying to learn English. Russia is no exception. Let's have a quick look at some typical problems that my fellow countrymen face. Table of Contents Pronunciation Grammar Meaning Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Sergei S. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT. Pronunciation As you may know, Russian is written using the Cyrillic alphabet, and some may think that it can cause problems. In reality, the Russians are fine with understanding the Latin alphabet and can...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - Overview Of All English Tenses Present Tenses Present Perfect Prompt Teaching Idea - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses - Present Perfect - Prompt Teaching Idea   Here now is a teaching idea for the present perfect tense. If you remember back, one of the main usages of the present perfect tense is to talk about past experiences at an indefinite time. Here, will be having students work in small groups. Each small group will receive a prompt. This prompt has various past experiences. However, not conjugated into the question. The challenge for the students will be to take one of these prompts and to create a question based upon it. For example here they see 'win' and 'a competition'. One at a time, the students will take turns forming the question. 'Have you ever won a competition?' The other people listening to the question in the small group, will...  [Read more]

Tefl reviews - English Grammar Past Simple Structure Tefl Course - ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ITTT


English Grammar - Past Simple - Structure -- TEFL Course   This video explores the structure and usage of the past simple tense. The different structures of this tense are: Positive: Add --ed or --d to the base form of the verb She worked last night. Negative: Add did not or didn't before the base form of the verb He didn't teach yesterday. Question: Add did plus the subject before the base form of the verb Did she drive yesterday? The past simple tense is used to talk about completed actions in the past. For example: I watched television last night. In order to be a confident and successful English language teacher in the classroom, it is necessary to have a good understanding of the various English language tenses such as the one shown above. The best way to achieve this...  [Read more]

Why Learning Grammar is Important and What are Students’ Common Mistakes? - TEFL Blog


Wed, 01 Jul 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Why Learning Grammar is Important and What are Students’ Common Mistakes? Grammar is an essential part of English. However, to an EFL student, learning grammar can be challenging. Although there are a lot of rules and exceptions, Grammar helps EFL students correct their mistakes and improve their receptive and productive skills. Table of Contents Rules and Exceptions Phrasal Verbs Auxiliary Verbs Future Tenses Do you want to teach English abroad? Take a TEFL course! Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Johnay G. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT. Rules and Exceptions Learning Grammar is important because EFL students commonly make...  [Read more]

Multiple Tenses: Boon or Bane for ESL Students - TEFL Blog


Wed, 15 Jul 2020 Elizaveta Pachina Teaching Ideas Multiple Tenses: Boon or Bane for ESL Students Tenses- Usually it creates tense for many ESL students during communication. It defines and differentiates the situation by time. Is time important in communication? Yes, it is. The wrong usage of tenses changes the exact meaning of the situation, what the speaker is trying to convey. So focusing tenses in grammar is more essential than others. Still, the proper usage of tenses is a complicated and confusing task for many high-level students in competitive exams. Then, what about the ESL students? Table of Contents Teaching tenses: Single tense at a time: Multiple tenses at a time: Why it is difficult? Suggestions for teachers: Teaching activities for multiple tenses: Do you want to...  [Read more]

Common Difficulties in Teaching English to Native Mandarin Speakers - TEFL Blog


Tue, 11 Jun 2019 Elizaveta Pachina Alumni Experiences Common Difficulties in Teaching English to Native Mandarin Speakers Learning a second language can be difficult, and this is especially true when the learners L1 and their target language are completely different in structure, sound, and tones. An English as a second language student who speaks French, German, or any other European language will have an easier task than one who speaks a language that is not of European origins. One such language is Mandarin Chinese. Table of Contents State of The Problem The Chinese Language Structure Tenses Sentence Structure Do you want to teach English in China? Related Articles: This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Ashley L. Please note that this blog post might not...  [Read more]

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