Simple Past Grammar Lesson

The simple past is a fundamental building block of English grammar that young learners should learn early on. We’ve recently developed a third version of our popular Simple Past lesson with more explanations, illustrations, and engaging exercises! (more…)

Cathy and Nate

This week’s Spotlight lesson, Cathy and Nate, includes two stories about young love. Cathy’s story uses the simple present, present progressive, simple past, and simple future tenses in context, while Nate’s story focuses on the modal “must.” (more…)

Present Perfect

Have you ever studied the present perfect tense? We’re excited to promote our NEW lesson on the Present Perfect! We included grammar tips and charts to make this tense easy to teach and learn. We also included both functions of the present perfect along with exercises that compare it to the simple past. The Travel theme makes this lesson fun and relevant! (more…)

3 Fun Ways to Use Irregular Verb Cards

Our Spotlight lesson this week was our Simple Past grammar lesson. When it comes to learning the simple past, students rejoice at the lack of subject-verb conjugation. Unlike the simple present, where students must add an -s to the end of third person singular subjects, the simple past has only one form for all subjects. There’s more good news when English language learners realize they must only add -ed to the end of the base verb to form the simple past for regular verbs.

However, irregular verbs can pose a problem for learners. How do they memorize all the various endings and changes that irregular past tense verbs take? Repetition is key, and if teachers can make it fun, students are more likely to want to practice! (more…)

Simple Past

What did you do yesterday? The simple past is a fundamental building block of English grammar that young learners should learn early on. Our revamped Simple Past lesson makes it easy and fun to teach this common verb tense! (more…)

Valentine’s Day Interview: A Love Story

Love stories are a lot of fun when they involve people you know. This month, ask your students to interview a couple that they know. They should interview one person at a time using the same four questions (provided below). After the interview, they can practice using the simple past tense to retell the love story to their classmates. Which couple had the best love story?

1. Choose a Couple

Tell your students to choose a couple that they know. Here are some ideas: (more…)