Present Simple Questions Card Game

Learning the present simple often proves to be far from simple for the majority of English learners. We usually introduce our participants to it near the start of their learning journey. In Bavaria, where I teach, we use a German saying to drill the positive third person singular form into our learners´heads: He, she, it “s” muß mit– You must add an “s” to the verb, with he, she and it. Maybe a similar saying exists in the first languages of the people you teach.

In my experience, one of the most challenging aspects of learning and, more importantly, using the present simple has been question formation. In the business world, you are more likely to be asking questions to find out information (in the present simple) than you are to talk about what time you get up in the morning and how often you take the train to work.

For my learners, word order is a big challenge when it comes to the composition of present simple questions; that used in their L1 is quite different and no auxiliaries are used (as is true of several other languages, not just German). This has led me to develop a simple card game, which will compliment course book exercises.

Download Present Simple Questions Card Game here:


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2 responses to “Present Simple Questions Card Game

  1. Natalie

    ” In the business world, you are more likely to be asking questions to find out information (in the present simple) than you are to talk about what time you get up in the morning and how often you take the train to work.”

    Thank you for posting this. I can’t believe (!) this hasn’t occurred to me before. I will change the way I teach this from now on.

  2. natalie

    Thank you. A reminder to go slow, or at least slower. I often assume that the students remember well what we’ve covered in the previous lesson. A quick exercise like this will serve as a good review activity and make some students feel more confident if they haven’t mastered the structures the first time. ]
    In fact, last week one of my group students was feeling demotivated, because he didn’t understand past simple, while we were doing conditionals with the rest of the group. I will do this activity with him.

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