Grammar Lesson: Present Simple
What is present simple...? How to create present simple? How to create NEGATIVE present simple? When to USE present simple?! What are yes/no questions?! And what the HECK are wh- questions?!
Submitted by roriteaches
July 15, 2022
Estimated time: 20-45 minutes
Present Simple Lesson Goals:
- This lesson aims to introduce students to present simple 101 or to review the format in a concise and clean format.
- Students learn about the present simple, including the ways in which it functions and the ways in which it is formed, in both positive, negative and question formats.
Lesson Time: 20 minutes to 45 minutes. This depends on the students, their interest in and prior experience with this subject material.
Student Level: SHS or adult courses. I think this would be difficult for students any lower.
- TV or projector to display the PP (Present Simple Presentation)
- I recommend following material like this with a game haha
How to Teach
- Not to toot my own horn, but the PP ~animations~ kind of do all the work for you. (Jokes, I'll explain properly now.)
- What is Present Simple: This section has English and Japanese (sourced from minnanokisoeigo.com) and breaks down what the present simple is used for in English. Also includes a visual timeline.
- How to Create the Present Simple: This section is English examples of present simple sentences. It breaks down the construction of these types of sentences but only includes 4 examples so please feel free to prepare some more examples to cover on the chalkboard if it would be helpful to your students. Also has an extra slide for the "-s" exception subjects. I like to mention on that one that "he, she, it" can be replaced by names or things quite often such as "Takeo, Julie, baseball."
- How to Create the Negative Present Simple: Same as above but negatives. Don't forget to mention here that the "-s" exception rule they just learned does not apply to negative sentences. Perhaps do some sentences, wink wink.
- When to use Present Simple: Just a handy thing called keywords and their translations. I often find the translations help students with understanding the first section about what it is.
- What are Yes/No Questions: The form for creating and answering present simple yes/no questions. Unless this is the very first time students are hearing about present simple (which it shouldn't be), students often know how to answer yes/no questions so, as much as possible, get them to try before showing answers.
- What are Wh- Questions: The form for creating and answering present simple wh-questions. Again, try to get answers from students before showing answers.
If you have students with colour blindness, the design choices I made may not be obvious to them. Find out what they have trouble with and change to accommodate them.
- Subjects/pronouns: red & bold
- Base form verb: black & underlined
- Object/complement: green & bold
- Auxiliary and negatives: yellow highlight & bold (in the interest of not confusing students with a word like auxiliaries, I made this one thing to learn as a set)
- Wh- question words: purple and bold
If you see I've made any mistakes with my grammar, you have any thoughts to share and/or have any questions, please let me know! Thank you!
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Wow this absolutely ate. And it's a small file! I'm impressed! I will be using this!