Part 1: Activity Description
Differentiating Past and Present Verb Tenses (a Remix of Effective Communication Using Past Tense)
This self-paced activity is a remix from Effective Communication Using Past Tense. Its focus is to help English as a Second Language (ESL) learners in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Grade Level B, CCR Anchor 1 (SL.3.1-1d), Speaking and Listening Standards, differentiate past and present verb tenses. The context is communicating symptoms to a healthcare provider, but learners will apply this knowledge to create new knowledge in other contexts. Learners will engage in collaborative discussions (one-on-one, group, and instructor-led) with diverse partners, build on others' ideas, ask questions, and practice verbal and written use of past and present verb tenses.
Learner Audience/Primary Use
This activity has been developed for ESL learners who speak basic English and have difficulty differentiating between past and present verb tenses.
- Instructional Material
- Designers for Learning
- Adult Basic Education
- Conversational English
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- English Grammar
- Past Tense
- Present Tense
- Verb Tenses
- Body Ache
- Muscle Ache
- Soar Throat
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
- Loss of Appetite
Time Required for Activity
- 15 minutes
- English grammar, speaking and listening, with focus on differentiating past and present verb tenses.
During this lesson, learners will:
- Identify past and present verb tenses using flashcards to demonstrate
knowledge of past and present verb tenses
- Differentiate between past and present verb tenses in eight sentences
- Identify 24 regular and irregular verbs
College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) Alignment
- Level: Adult Education
- Grade Level: B
- Subject: English Language Arts / Literacy
- Strand: Speaking and Listening
- Anchor 1a (SL.3.1)
- Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
- Anchor 1a (SL.3.1a)
- Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. Come to discussions prepared having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
- Anchor 1a (SL.3.1b)
- Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
- Anchor 1a (SL.3.1c)
- Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others.
- Anchor 1a (SL.3.1d)
- Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
- Very Basic Conversational English and some knowledge of past and present verb tenses.
- Mobile device
- Headset for listening to Youtube videos
Activity Author & License
- Lesson Author: Jennifer Englund
- License: Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 License
Part 2: Activity
The interactive activity can be viewed, downloaded, and embedded via: https://h5p.org/node/370936
Part 3: References & Attribution
- English Activities. (2014, February 21). Health Problems in English-Learn English Lessons-Beginner Vocabulary [Video file].
Retrieved April 22, 2017 from https://youtu.be/14D92M3URXY
- Online English Expert. (2014, January 26). English Grammar for Beginners: Regular Verbs in Past Simple Tense [Video file]. Retrieved April 22, 2017 from https://youtu.be/QlZXd-m6Pdw
This activity was remixed from Effective Communication Using Past Tense- Rem, created by Angela Anglin, licensed under CC BY.