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Narrative tenses practice - sentence completion and pairwork
Eight personalized sentences with multiple choice endings. Students complete and then make questions to find their partner's answers. Concept check statements are included to check students' understanding of past tenses.


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Error slips - verb forms
Error correction slips + multiple choice questions for past and present perfect tenses, would and used to



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Narrative tenses - Simple story - A lucky escape
Story ordering and gap fill exercises for simple story narrative tenses. Updated 2016


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Plane anecdote with narrative tenses
Story ordering. 10 - 20 students There are 15 strips, which can be reduced to 10 by removing those marked *, or increased to 20 by splitting longer sentences. Students get one segment each. They then sit or stand in circle and have to arrange themselves in the correct order of the story


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Locked out! - Cut up story
Cut into 16 strips. The 3 strips marked * can be removed if necessary. Ss get one strip each. Sit or stand in circle. Arrange themselves in correct order of the story. Follow-up tenses gap-fill with answer sheet.


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Urban myth - madman on the loose
Rather gruesome urban myth about a madman with a knife. Not for the faint-hearted. Cut-up story ordering task + gap fill.


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Past perfect anecdote
Cut up story (office impostor) and analysis


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Jenny's trip to Taiwan
Now includes analysis of tenses


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Mrs Jones's cat
Goes with pic story formerly in Headway Intermediate. (Past simple and past continuous only.)


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Boracay story
Revision of narrative tenses gap fill


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Bank robbery - alibis
(1) Gapped bank robbery story. Students find missing information by asking partners. (2) Question formation: detective interviews suspect. This prepares students for alibis game.


ESL lesson plans

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English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
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