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English Verb Tense Chart 1

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ESL Lesson Handouts - English-verb-tense-chart-1
Level
Beginner: A1, Elementary: A2
Target
Grammar
Tags
Essential, TOEIC
Teaching Time
n/a
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1 Student Page

Handout Overview

This handout can be used to help your Beginner and Pre-Intermediate level students reference and compare the 12 tenses in English grammar. Every student should have one handy.

  • English verbs are used in three tenses: past, present, and future.
  • The past tense forms are used to describe things that have already happened (for example, earlier today, yesterday, last month, two years ago).
  • The present tense forms are used to describe things that happen habitually and facts.
  • The future tense forms are used to describe things that have yet to happen and predictions (for example, later, tomorrow, next week, next year, two months from now).
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The History of Valentine’s Day

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ESL Lesson Handouts - The-history-of-valentines-day
Level
Advanced: C1, Upper Intermediate: B2
Target
Discussion, Grammar, Reading
Tags
Passive Voice, Seasonal
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Overview

An article about the history of Valentine’s Day offers a challenging reading and comprehension task. Students review how to form and when to use the passive voice as well as how it differs from the active voice.

  1. We use the passive voice when we want to express what is done to someone or something. The subject of the sentence does nothing. Rather, something is done to it.
  2. We use the passive voice when who or what causes the action is unknown, unimportant, obvious, or ‘people in general’. The person or people performing an action are referred to as the agent. It is often omitted if the agent is not important for understanding. This is especially useful in business as the focus is placed on a product.
  3. The passive voice is constructed: Passive subject + to be + past participle + the agent (if relevant).
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Expressing Wishes and Regret

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ESL Lesson Handouts - Expressing-wishes-and-regret
Level
Advanced: C1, Intermediate: B1, Upper Intermediate: B2
Target
Grammar, Vocabulary
Tags
Collocations, Conditionals and If clauses, Seasonal, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
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2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Overview

This handout has students practice using ‘if only’, used to express a strong wish that things could be different; to emphasize a regretful decision. It can be used to talk about past, present and future unreal conditions.

A regret is when you feel upset (sad or angry) about something you did or didn’t do in the past. When English speakers want to express a regret, something we wish would have been or happened differently in the past, we can use the third conditional. Commonly formed with two clauses, the IF clause and the RESULT clause. The IF clause uses the past perfect, and the result clause uses the modals ‘would’, ‘could’, or ‘might’ + have + past participle.

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Talking about Money

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ESL Lesson Handouts - Talking-about-money
Level
Beginner: A1, Elementary: A2
Target
Asking questions, Conversation, Discussion, Vocabulary
Tags
Food and Restaurants, Travel, Useful Expressions, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Overview

Students ask and answer questions about things they’ve bought in the past as well as review useful vocabulary relating to money. A conversation activity will reinforce asking and answering questions about price. Students use but don’t review the present perfect tense in a modeled question and answer activity.

Different words used to talk about money reviewed:
a fee, allowance or pocket money, a tip, salary, a loan, a fine, debt, tax.

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English Verb Tense Chart 2

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English Verb Tense Chart 2
Level
Advanced: C1, Intermediate: B1, Upper Intermediate: B2
Target
Grammar
Tags
Essential, TOEIC
Teaching Time
n/a
Included
1 Student Page

Handout Overview

This handout can be used to help your Intermediate and Advanced level students reference and compare the 12 tenses in English grammar. Each verb tense includes examples numbered 1-24. Every student should have one handy.

  • English verbs are used in three tenses: past, present, and future.
  • The past tense forms are used to describe things that have already happened (for example, earlier today, yesterday, last month, two years ago).
  • The present tense forms are used to describe things that happen habitually and facts.
  • The future tense forms are used to describe things that have yet to happen and predictions (for example, later, tomorrow, next week, next year, two months from now).
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How beer is made. (Passive Voice)

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ESL Lesson Handouts - How-beer-is-made
Level
Intermediate: B1, Upper Intermediate: B2, Advanced: C1
Target
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Tags
Business, Food and Restaurants, Vocabulary
Teaching Time
60 minutes, 90 minutes
Included
3 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Overview

The passive voice is used in English is used to express what is done to someone or something; the most important thing or person becomes the subject of the sentence. The subject of the sentences does nothing; something is done to the subject of the sentence. In each case, the focus is on the object of an action.

Your ESL students practice forming passive voice sentences with or without the agent. The topic used to review passive voice is the process of making beer. A role play activity is included for students to practice describing a process using the passive voice and time sequence words such as, firstly, next, then, after that, and finally.

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Have you ever given a speech?

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ESL Lesson Handouts - Have-you-ever-given-a-speech
Level
Elementary: A2, Intermediate: B1
Target
Conversation, Grammar, Vocabulary
Tags
Business, Collocations
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Overview

Students practice using the present perfect tense by talking about their experiences. Review the formation of present perfect tense as well as practice asking and answering present perfect questions. A collocation and past participle review is also included.

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You speak English, don’t you?

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ESL Lesson Handouts - You-speak-english-dont-you
Level
Intermediate: B1
Target
Asking questions, Discussion, Grammar
Tags
Useful Expressions
Teaching Time
60 minutes
Included
2 Student Pages, Teaching Notes

Handout Overview

Question Tags are commonly used by native English speakers. They are statements followed by a question to ask or confirm information they know or think to be true. Students learn how to form question tags and practice using them.

e.g. ‘isn’t it? ‘ or ‘don’t you?’

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