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: