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Past Simple Course Syllabus
Read an extensive course syllabus that explains what each activity is, how to complete it and how it will help you improve your understanding of the past simple tense.
Past Simple Course Objectives
We set out the key objectives for this course so you can identify what you need to learn. We provide a downloadable checklist that you can print out to check off the points as you go through the course.
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Creating the Past Simple Form
Before looking at the past simple tense structure, you need to know how to create the past simple of each verb. In this video we teach the rules to create a past simple form of a regular verb and we explain what an irregular verb is too. You can complete our interactive worksheet at the same time as watching the video to test your understanding and you have access to the slides used in our grammar explanation.
Past Simple Formation
In this video you'll learn the affirmative, negative, question and short response forms for the past simple tense as well as the use of this tense. You can test your knowledge whilst watching our explanation video by using our interactive worksheet and answer guide and you can also download the slides used in our grammar explanation video.
Past Simple Keywords
Keywords are special words that work very well in a particular tense and in this self-paced presentation we explain which ones are friends of the past simple tense. We explain how each keyword is used, its position in a sentence and what requirements it must have. You also have access to a downloadable PDF document of this presentation.
Past Simple Common Mistakes
Through experience, we have collected information about the most common mistakes that learners make in the past simple tense. We present our top 4 mistakes and explain how you can avoid them yourself.
Past Simple In Real Life
This presentation demonstrates the use of the past simple tense in real life. We have found examples of the past simple tense online and in news articles and show these examples to you, so you can see how it's used in the everyday life of native speakers.
Past Simple Pronunciation
The way that we pronounce verbs ending in ED is very particular. We go into detail in this in our following course in our Elementary A2.1 syllabus and point you towards all the right links. However, irregular verbs in the past simple tense are completely random and you must learn the correct pronunciation. In this topic, you can listen to audios of the most common irregular past simple verbs in English and download our irregular verbs list too.
Past Simple Quiz
This quiz tests your understanding of the past simple tense. It will test the use, form and structure of the tense as well as keywords and common mistakes and your ability to convert verbs into their past simple form. You will receive your results immediately after with detailed answers and explanations and you can repeat the quiz as many times as you wish. Your first result will be added to our course leaderboard so you can compare your score to our other course learners.
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Past Simple Dear Diary…
In this activity, you can practise writing about your day in the past simple tense using our favourite online diary tools.
Past Simple Conversation Questions
Conversation is normally the key reason why we learn grammar. This activity lists the most common conversation questions in the past simple tense and you can respond with written answers in our special forum. You can receive feedback and corrections from our teachers. We also provide you with access to our private Flipgrid community where you can upload video responses to these questions and listen to our other learners' answers.
Past Simple Tell A Story
Practise telling stories in English using our story flashcards as prompts. You will practise your sentence structure and English expressions as well as use the past simple tense.
Past Simple Describe The Trailer
Watch the trailers of the latest films in English and practise explaining what happened in them in the past simple tense. This is a fun activity as well as a good way to practise your English grammar.
Past Simple Book Review
In our book review activity, you can download a template to review a book you have read in English. We also point you towards our book review forum, where you can interact with our other course members and get feedback and corrections on your English writing too.
Past Simple Flashcards
Use these verb flashcards to test your ability to turn any verb into its past simple. We also provide answers.
Past Simple Making Sentences
Use our keyword and infinitive verb flashcards to create your own sentences. You will practise converting verbs into their past simple form, using the past simple keywords correctly and using the past simple in the correct way.
Past Simple Fill In The Gaps
Storytelling is one of the most common uses of the past simple tense. We tell you one of the most common fables in the English language but we've eliminated all the verbs, making it a worksheet. As well as reviewing the past simple tense, youâ€™ll learn about the English culture and get to know the typical stories that children learn growing up.
Past Simple My First
When we talk about the first time that an event happened, provided it has already finished, we use the past simple tense. This can be a fun activity when discussing the topics with friends and family. You will get to use the past simple tense in a conversational way that is relevant to you.
Past Simple True or False?
Read a series of statements that are either true or false. As well as practising your past simple pronunciation by reading each statement out loud, you must use conversational English to discuss whether this statement is true or false and support your argument using opinion phrases.
Past Simple Describe The Experience
Although not everyone will have the time in their life to complete this activity, it is important to take a few minutes to yourself and relax. We explain how you can integrate English into something as simple as a 10-minute walk around your city/town, giving you the chance to relax whilst still practising English.
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Past Simple Review
This review page summarises everything learnt in this course. We present all the forms of the past simple tense as well as the use, some example sentences, keywords and past simple formation.
Past Simple Learning Outcomes
We list the objectives of this course and your achievements, so you can see how much you have progressed by taking our course.
Past Simple Further Reading
Take a look at some of the other resources we have posted online to expand your knowledge of English.
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