Languages › English as a Second Language Grammar Lesson: Tense Review Share Flipboard Email Print Robert Daly / Getty Images English as a Second Language Resources for Teachers Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English By Kenneth Beare Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on March 17, 2019 Tenses needed to be reviewed on a regular basis. This lesson provides exercises that help students review tense names and uses while having a "getting to know you" conversation. Below the worksheet, you'll find the answers to the exercises. Aim: To inductively review both structure and names of basic tenses Activity: Personal Questions with follow up tense name and auxiliary verb quizzes Level: Intermediate Outline: Divide students into groups of 2 to 4 Have students take personal information quiz Check answers as a class, ask students to quickly speak about what they have learned about their fellow students Have groups identify tense names used in questions in pairs. Once students identify tense names, ask them to match the explanation for each tense used Give auxiliary verb exercise to students to be done individually Correct auxiliary exercise in class Personal Information Quiz Answer these questions and discuss with a partner. When did you last see a film?How many times have you been abroad?What type of books do you like reading?When was your car made?How long have you been learning English?What will the weather be like tomorrow?What were you doing at 7 o'clock yesterday evening?What are your parents doing?Where are your classes taught?What are you going to do after this course finishes? With your partner, decide the names of the tenses used in the above questions. Past ContinuousPresent Simple PassivePresent PerfectFuture Intent / PlanPresent Perfect ContinuousPast Simple PassiveFuture PredictionPresent SimplePresent ContinuousPast Simple Match it all up to how each tense is used. Something that happened in the pastSomething that is done by someone every dayAn action right nowSomething going on when something else happenedSomething that was done to someone or something elseUsed to think about the futureSomething that you've planned for the futureUsed to discuss experiences in lifeExpressing a length of time from one time to anotherSpeaking about something that is true every daySomething that was done to someone or something else Gap Fill Exercise Enter the correct auxiliary verb. Choose between: are, is, do, does, did, have, or will. He ____ playing the guitar at the moment.Jackie ____ been living in Paris for a few months.Which sports _____ he like?They _____ travelled all over the world.My shoes _____ made in Italy.Peter ____ going to fly to London next Thursday.Do you think the current government ____ change soon?Yamaha pianos ____ made in Japan.Jane ____ doing her homework when I came home last night.When ____ you arrive last night? Answers Exercise 1: Personal Information Quiz When did you last see a film? - Past Simple / Something that happened in the pastHow many times have you been abroad? - Present Perfect / Used to discuss experiences in lifeWhat type of books do you like reading? - Present Simple / Speaking about something that is true every dayWhen was your car made? - Past Simple Passive / Something that was done to someone or something elseHow long have you been learning English? - Present Perfect Continuous / Expressing a length of time from one time to anotherWhat will the weather be like tomorrow? - Future Prediction / Used to think about the futureWhat were you doing at 7 o'clock yesterday evening? - Past Continuous / Something going on when something else happenedWhat are your parents doing? - Present Continuous / An action right nowWhere are your classes taught? - Present Simple Passive / Something that is done by someone every dayWhat are you going to do after this course finishes? - Future Intent / Plan / Something that you've planned for the future Exercise 2: Gap FIll Exercise ishasdoeshaveareiswillarewasdid Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Beare, Kenneth. "Grammar Lesson: Tense Review." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/grammar-lesson-tense-review-3863407. Beare, Kenneth. (2020, August 26). Grammar Lesson: Tense Review. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/grammar-lesson-tense-review-3863407 Beare, Kenneth. "Grammar Lesson: Tense Review." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/grammar-lesson-tense-review-3863407 (accessed February 2, 2023). copy citation Watch Now: When to Use "Good" vs. "Well"