The concept of tense

Savitri Waldia
Three periods of duration 40 minutes each
Array, Array
Understand, Application, Analysis
Learners will be able to relate and use the verbs to the time of action performed .They will will be able to use the different forms of verbs according to the tense .They will be able to understand and make sentences in simple present ,simple past and srmple future tense .
To enable them to see an action as it is performed and the role played by verb in the transformation of a tense .
Action words , table showing verbs used in simple present ,simple past and simple future .

Step 1 .Display the list of actions and ask the children to choose any one verb and use it a sentence .

Step 2 . Ask them to use the verb in present time that is now ,today , always ,never etc .

Step 3 . Take a few more practices like this giving chance to other children .

Step 4 . Bring out the rules that govern simple present tense which include adding ‘ s’ or ‘ es  ‘ to the verb when the subject or the doer is a singular number and omit it when the subject is a plural number .

Step 5 . Having given enough oral practice give the a few written exercises in class .

Session 2 : Take up the same sentences used for present tense and change them into past making changes in verb and the time of action which is past such as last week ,yesterday , last year etc .

Step 1 . Write a few sentences in past tense and ask the children to identify the verb its form and then the tense .

Step 2 . Now tell them to fill in the blanks with past tense of the verb given in bracket .

Step 3 .  Next ask them to change from present to past .

Session 3 .  Now is the time to introduce future tense .

Step 1 . Tell them to write two simple sentences in simple present tense .

Step 2 . Now insert ‘ will ‘ before the verb and ask them to read it aloud . They will be able to find the change as well the tense of it .

Step 3 . Now write a few more sentences in simple present tense and ask them to change into future tense by inserting ‘ will’ before the verb . In this way they will be able to not only see the change but feel it too .

In the end give them a comparative list or table of all the three tenses bringing out the time of action which know as tense .


Give exercises based on the three tenses for practice . Simple Present Tense: Simple Past Tense: Simple Future Tense:
Download File How will you differentiate or identify whether a sentence is in present tense ,past tense or future tense. ?
Which part of speech is it that is responsible for changing the tense of a sentence?
Accurate, Collaborative, Efficient, Precise, Coordinated
Children need prompts for being able to understand and response that needs some impromptu changes .
Theachers can take up this activity as an oral exercise explanation and then the written exercise . You can even play some language games on it .

1 Comment

  1. Madhu Rathore

    Very nice


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