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A mini play about Teaching Tenses

I need a book.

What kind of book?

A grammar book but not your typical kind like this:

I want a great one with clear, simple explanations

Milenio newspaper advertisement

and a focus on typical learner errors for each tense


If only my grammar book had prepared me for that error

They all have went to the film festival.

That aint right..

and real world practice ideas

with photocopiable activities

The perfect grammar book

That does sound like the perfect book.

Yah - But where can I find it!?

Stop searching!

Clear explanations

Photocopiable activities

Lists of typical learner errors for each tense

Great activity ideas for real world practice

Simple grammar explanations


Full Form Negative Form
walked drunk has (s) run I you we they he she it have not (havent)

Example:
Present perfect simple
Meaning and function:
The present perfect shows the present situation in relation to past action; that is, how the past is relevant to now

I you we they he she it

have (ve)

walked
drunk

Has not (hasnt)

run

Have you walked?

Havent you walked?

A) For uncompleted actions where both actor and result remain A single continuous action: I have lived in Toronto for 10 years. A repeated or habitual action or truth: My mother has always played tennis. B) For an action which took place in an identified period of time, which is not yet over Ive read a book this morning (this morning is not yet finished). This usage also suggests some present consequence C) For an action which took place in the past; but whose results are still present Ive spilt the milk (its still on the floor).

I moved to Toronto

I have lived in Toronto for 10 years. (I still live there)

Typical learner errors


Example:
Present perfect simple

Learner Error: Form, Spelling and Pronunciation


Contracted forms create phonetic problems Contracted s understood as is Contracted forms not heard at all

/aI hf/, /aI ha:f/, /aIf/ for I have

Learner Error: Meaning and Function


Where the action is not complete, students may use the present simple or present continuous, especially with the use of since. (French/Spanish/Indian languages)

I am knowing him since I was small.

Real world activity ideas


Example:
Present perfect simple A)For uncompleted actions where both actor and result remain
Geographical or currently relevant historical information from fact sheets
(the building was a school, but has been a hotel for three years..)

B) For an action which took place in an identified period of time, which is not yet over
A list of the weeks necessary tasks. The students hare told that it is now Wednesday night, and asked to produce a timetable for Thursday, by finding out from each other which tasks are already complete and what remains to be done.

C) For an action which took place in the past; but whose results are still present
A picture story leads to a narrative. Begin in the present continuous then introduce new pictures showing a strong clues, which should lead them into present perfect (whats happened?).

Photocopiable activities

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