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…)

It’s Baseball Season – Simple Present Tense Listening Activity

Are your students as excited about spring training as I am? The Blue Jays had a fantastic season last year, and like many Canadians, I jumped on the baseball bandwagon.

Baseball is a great theme for English class, because many kids are familiar with this sport. At this time of year, kids love to play baseball and follow professional baseball. Why not teach them some related vocabulary while introducing or reviewing the Simple Present Tense?

Sprout English’s featured Baseball lesson is perfect for baseball season. After you use this ready-made lesson, try this follow-up listening activity recorded by a nine-year-old Canadian baseball player. Then challenge your students to write and record their own story about their own team or hobby. (more…)

Motorcycle: Present Progressive Reading

This week’s Spotlight lesson, Motorcycle, introduces students to Anthony and Maria, a couple from Italy. In this lesson, students see the present progressive and the simple present in context, and they also get a chance to discuss their own likes and dislikes using gerunds and infinitives. (more…)

Ann: Simple Present Reading

A lot of you went back to school recently, and we hope your year is starting off on the right foot! Now is a great time to try this week’s Spotlight lesson on introductions, likes/dislikes, and hobbies. Our Ann: Simple Present Reading lesson is also a great way to introduce or review the simple present verb tense.
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Simple Present

English language learners of all levels need the present tense to communicate effectively. Our NEW Simple Present lesson allows lower-level students to learn and practice this common verb tense in a fun and engaging way. The daily routines theme is something all learners can relate to! (more…)