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Example of English Lesson Plan-Tenses

English Grammar- Tenses

Context: Provide a lesson aimed at reviewing names and structures of basic tenses.

Objectives: To inductively review both structure and names of basic tenses

Level: High School

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammatical_tense

Lesson Proper:

  • Divide students into groups of 2 to 4.
  • Have students take personal information quiz in groups.
  • 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.
  • Give auxiliary verb exercise to students to be done individually.
  • Correct auxiliary exercise in class.
  • Questions to be asked:
  1. When did you last see a film?
  2. How many times have you been abroad?
  3. What types of books do you like reading?
  4. When were you born?
  5. How long have you been learning English?
  6. What will the weather be like tomorrow?
  7. What were you doing at 7 o'clock yesterday evening?
  8. What are your parents doing?
  9. Where are your classes taught?
  10. What are you going to do after this course finishes?

What are the names of the tenses used in the above questions?

  • Past Continuous
  • Present Simple Passive
  • Present Perfect
  • Future Intent
  • Present Perfect Continuous
  • Past Simple Passive
  • Future Prediction
  • Present Simple
  • Present Continuous
  • Past Simple


Instructions: Please enter the correct auxiliary verb. Choose between: are, is, do, and does, did, have, or will.

  1. He ____ playing the guitar at the moment.
  2. Jackie ____ been living in Paris for a few months.
  3. Which sports _____ he like?
  4. They _____ travelled all over the world.
  5. My shoes _____ made in Italy.
  6. Peter ____ going to fly to London next Thursday.
  7. Do you think the current government ____ change soon?
  8. Yamaha pianos ____ made in Japan.
  9. Jane ____ doing her homework when I came home last night.
  10. When ____ you arrive last night?


  1. is
  2. has
  3. does
  4. have
  5. are
  6. is
  7. will
  8. are
  9. was
  10. did


Write 10 sentences and encircle the tenses used.