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present simple tense - present meanings

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grammar: frequency expressions
functions: habit
grammar: present simple tense (general)

Worksheets for present simple tense - present meanings
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Present simple practice (59)
Ss fill in gapped text about their weekday routines. Then form questions and interview their partners


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Present simple vs continuous (60)
Sentences and pairs of sentences illustrating different uses of present continuous and contrasted with present simple. Ss discuss in pairs


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Uses of the present simple (373)
matching - uses with example sentences


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Dominoes - present tenses (377)
focuses on time expressions for present simple and continuous


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Frequency expressions find someone who (493)
Find someone who for 'how often' questions


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Error slips : present tenses and common errors (387)



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General English course books (adults)

Global Intermediate Coursebook book cover Global Intermediate Coursebook 
Lindsay Clandfield   Rebecca Robb Benne   
Unit 1 Language & Culture  Page 9   Present simple and present continuous

Photocopiable resource books

Elementary Grammar Games book cover Elementary Grammar Games 
Jill Hadfield   
5 - Personal pronouns: subject and object (1)  Page 5 
Ss order pictures to make a simple story. Then arrange words to make present simple sentences telling the story.
21 - Present simple: affirmative and negative  Page 21 
Game 1 : Small groups. Card game. Ss match pictures and verb cards to make present simple sentences: Tigers have stripes. Polar bears live near the North Pole Game 2 : Mill-type activity with role cards. Who lives on which planet? Present simple questions; present simple statements.
22 - Present simple: yes / no questions  Page 22 
Ss take a picture and ask their partner a question about it. e.g. (ice-cream picture) 'Do you like ice cream?' + variations / extensions
23 - Present simple: wh- questions  Page 23 
Set of animal pictures Set of answers to questions about the animals. Ss turn over pictures and form appropriate questions; then match to answers. e.g. Pic card: camels. Answer card : to store water S must make question, 'Why do camels have humps?' (or equivalent)
27 - Frequencey adverbs: always, sometimes,etc.  Page 27 
Game 1 Small groups. Card game. Ss match people cards (My brother etc.) with frequency cards (always, on Monday mornings etc.) and form a sentence. My brother always oversleeps on Monday mornings. Game 2 Pairwork. Card game. Ss match pictures of people with their personal calenders using clues about their lifestyles in the pictures.
31 - Present simple or present continuous  Page 31 
Small groups. Matching game with picture cards. Ss match action cards with job cards based on picture clues.

Grammar Games and Activities 1 book cover Grammar Games and Activities 1 
Peter Watcyn-Jones   
1 - Find someone who...  Page 37 
Simple findsomeonewho using present tesnes
4 - What's my uncle's job?  Page 44 
Ss ask yes / no questions to find out what job is on the picture card.
7 - Four people  Pages 47 - 48
Ss complete personal information forms(fictitious people) by asking partners.
9 - A day in the life of...  Page 51 
Ss exchange information about their daily routines.

Intermediate Communication Games book cover Intermediate Communication Games 
Jill Hadfield   
1 - Tower Block  Pages 1 - 2
All participants are occupants of a tower block. 7 - 46 students.
5 - Lifeswap  Pages 5 - 6
Each S has a picture of a person with clues to their lifestyle. Ss imagines they are the person in the picture and want to change their lifestyle with someone else's.
6 - Matchmaking  Page 6 
Dating agency game with picture cards
7 - Whose  Page 7 
Ss complete questionnaires as follows: a student whose brother... etc.

Grammar books with exercises

Developing Grammar in Context book cover Developing Grammar in Context 
Mark Nettle   Diana Hopkins   
2 The present simple  Pages 7 - 11

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  book cover Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  
Sue Kay   
1a - 1b Who are you?  Page 1 
Chart completion on basic personal information (age, job) etc. with 14 role cards
2a - 2b Talk about routines  Page 2 
Board game with question cards - skeleton prompts
5 But what are they doing now?  Page 5 
Five pairs of pictures showing a person's permanent job (what s/he does) and their present activity (what s/he is doing now)
Progress check 1 - 5 Sentences in a hat  Pages 1 - 5
Students complete present simple statements with frequency adverbs from prompts

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack book cover Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack 
Susan Kay   
3a & b Lifestyle profiles  Page 3 
Students invent a profile of a person from a picture and read it out. Others have to guess which picture.
14c A life in the day of...  Page 14 
Ss match pictues of people with statements about their lives and telephone messages that have been left for them.

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