Saturday, April 24, 2010

Simple Present Tense

You will recognize the grammar mechanics and sentence structure of present tense.

English Anyone
This video is on verbs.
 English Anyone - verbs

These videos are on the verb to be.  This is not easy.  Look at these twice (two times.)
English Anyone - to be

Burke's English

 Review verbs on the website below. Take the test. The computer will check your answers.


ow, find more lessons on ESL Party Land.

Sailing is a song with many verbs in the present tense.

Music: "Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady"


Once = 1 time
Twice = 2 times

Lionel Ritchie sings "Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady"

Copy and paste both links. How does the singer describe emotions?



Present Continuous Tense

In this tense, we talk about an action that is happening now. Some books call this tense "Present Progressive." You will recognize grammar mechanics and sentence structure.

Online Learning: Present Simple vs. Present Continuous / Grammar Explanation. This video will help.
English Grammar Training

This reviews both Simple Present and Present Continuous.  Take the quiz.
5 Minute English

Watch these cartoons.
Road Runner: Present Continuous

Road Runner: Present Progressive

Bob Dylan wrote a famous song: Blowin' in the Wind. Watch this video with lyrics.
Bob Dylan

Now watch Peter, Paul and Mary sing Blowin' in the Wind.
Peter, Paul & Mary

James Taylor sings Getting to Know You
This song has 6 lines which use present continuous tense.
"Getting To Know You"

It is raining.  Gene Kelly tells his girl:  "The sun is shining all over the place."  Then he sings Singing in the Rain.  Look, he's dancing in the rain.  Once I had a student who said he had seen this movie 50 times!
"Singing in the Rain"

Elton John sings I'm Still Standing.  Look for 6 lines which use present continuous tense.
"I'm Still Standing"

Bruce Springsteen sings Dancing in the Dark.  Look for 12 examples of present continuous tense.
"Dancing in the Dark"

Take this quiz. Use the correct verb to write sentences with proper meaning. This site will check your answers.

Next, find a new lesson on English Club.com. Use this site to review grammar, verbs, and tenses.

Writing Good Questions

Wh- questions
This link has a chart.  It explains question words.  Take a look.

Now, look for a new activity on English Club.

Here are songs which ask questions.  Enjoy.

Who's That Girl?
 Who's That Girl?

What's Going On?    Marvin Gaye sings a question in the present continous tense.
What's Going On?

In A Little Help From My Friends, the Beatles asked:
      What would you think if I sang out of tune?
      What do I do when my love is away?
A Little Help from My Friends

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
This song also asks:  When will they ever learn?
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Where Is Love? This one song asks 12 questions. In under 4 minutes you will have a good review of question words.
Where is Love?

Why Can't We Be Friends?
Why Can't We Be Friends?

How? John Lennon asks 12 questions. 'How' is the question word for all of them.

The next two songs are from the movie Les Miserables.
Who Am I? A man, Jean Valjean, asks 13 questions in one song.
Who Am I?

Do You Hear the People Sing?   The singers ask 6 different questions.
Do You Hear the People Sing?

Take this test. You will write questions that convey (give) clear communication.


Play this game. It is on question words. Follow the directions.


Now, find a new lesson on Activities for ESL Students:

Future Tense

You will recognize grammar mechanics using future tense. Copy and paste the links.

First you are going to watch this video from.
English Instructor

Then you will review with this link: "Going to" and "Will" Grammar Lesson.
English Grammar Training

You will listen to the song I Will Survive, which uses future tense.
Gloria Gaynor

Next you will listen to Whitney Houston sing: I Will Always Love You.
Whitney Houston

I Will Always Love you was written by Dolly Parton. Listen and read.
Dolly Parton

Now you will listen to Celine Dion sing My Heart Will Go On, from the movie Titanic.
Celine Dion

Coldplay sings  I Will Fix You.

Simon and Garfunkel sing and make promises for the future by saying:  "I will ..."  Listen to Bridge Over Troubled Water.
hPaul Simon
Now you will review with this video


When finished, look at Many Things.org. Find another lesson on grammar, vocabulary, or listening and speaking.

Singular and Plural Expressions

You will be able to recognize grammar mechanics. Look for regular and irregular plurals. Continue building vocabulary.