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Absolute Beginner English Present Simple

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Now that students can communicate basic ideas with the verb 'to be', it's time to make a huge leap to include the present simple. At this point, learning becomes a lot more fun, as students can begin learning various verbs and talking about a number of subjects. However, introducing the present simple needs to be down slowly beginning with students only responding to your questions in the present simple.

You will need to a fair bit of modeling during the introduction of the present simple. It's a good idea to take in illustrations of various jobs once again, as most students will intuitively know what people in the various professions 'do', and will be able to therefore infer the meaning of new verbs introduced.

Teacher: (Mode the questions to yourself) Ken, what do you do? I teach English. - Ken, what do they do? They study English. (Model new verbs by accenting the verb in the response. This use of accenting differing words with your intonation helps students learn the verbs which they will be able to infer because of past lessons.)

Teacher: Paolo, what do you do?

Student(s): I study English.

Teacher: Susan, what do I do?

Student(s): You teach English.

Continue this exercise around the room with each of the students. If a student makes a mistake, touch your ear to signal that the student should listen and then repeat his/her answer accenting what the student should have said.

Part II: Present Simple - He, She

Teacher:(At this point, take out a number of images - five or so - and model what the different people do, repeat a number of times) What does he do? He drives a taxi. (accent the 's' to make students aware of the conjugation)

Teacher: What does she do? She works in a hospital. etc.

Teacher: Paolo, what does he do? (pointing to an image)

Student(s): He works in a bank.

Teacher: Susan, what does she do?

Student(s): She flies an airplane.

Continue this exercise around the room with each of the students. If a student makes a mistake, touch your ear to signal that the student should listen and then repeat his/her answer accenting what the student should have said.

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