The Past Tenses - Past Simple - Teaching Ideas


This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. We start off the series with the past simple tense. In this video, we focus on useful teaching ideas for this tense. A great idea to practice this tense is a picture story. Here, the teacher provides the students with various photos or images and the students are asked to piece them together to make a story in the past.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

From this unit I learnt of the conditionals (From zero to mixed), their roles in the English language, and the typical errors students can make. The teaching ideas pointed out would be of a great help in a classroom. This unit also pointed out the differences between Direct and Reported speech, which I duly note; given that I had taken them for granted.In this unit, I learned about teaching English to special groups of people, mainly teaching business english and english to young learners. I was surprised to read that many teachers enjoy teaching english to children more than other groups of people. I would think it would be more frustrating. Perhaps certain teachers prefer certain groups of students.