Resource List for Teaching the Past Progressive

Reach To Teach Grammar Tenses

Were you listening when you learned about the Past Progressive Tense? Yeah, me neither. That’s why I’ve got a whole heap of resources to help you teach the Past Progressive just as if you had been listening.

C’mon, what are friends for?

Understanding and Teaching the Past Progressive

Grammar Monster does a great job of explaining the Past Progressive. Don’t worry, it’s not scary.

A guide to the Past Progressive with some exercise links at the bottom from My English Pages.

A “How To” Guide in teaching this verb tense including, challenges you’ll face, where to start, and some comprehension activities. This is a good one!

English Page always does a good job of showing their verb forms. Don’t be fooled – Past Continuous is the same as Past Progressive.

Lucia walks us through this tense with her charming accent. I totally get it now.

Practicing the Past Progressive

Fifteen fun Past Progressive activities. No seriously. They are so fun.

A flash game with a monkey who really loves grammar and incorporating all the Past verb tenses.

You know those word magnets you get for the fridge? The ones where you can make up sentences? ESL Partyland has the raw material all ready for you to put together. Ideal for individuals or small groups.

A resource guide with more exercises than you’ll know what to do with courtesy of Agenda Web.

Will Smith helps you teach the Past Progressive. That guy!

Games and Activities for the Classroom

A fun, interactive way to practice with the whole classroom. ANNNND Freeze!

Busy Teacher has three wonderful activities for your students.

If you’ve got a creative and imaginative group of older students or adults, I love the idea of having them come up with WHY they were doing these rather silly things.

The TEFL blog with the most swag I’ve ever seen has a Titanic-based activity as well as story cards to help get your students talking in the Past Progressive.

The Grammar Tenses

  1. Simple Present (main verb)
  2. Simple Past (past tense of main verb)
  3. Simple Future (will or shall + main verb)
  4. Present Perfect (have or has + past participle of verb)
  5. Past Perfect (had + past participle of verb)
  6. Future Perfect (will or shall + have + past participle of verb)
  7. Present Progressive (form of “be” verb + “ing” form of main verb)
  8. Past Progressive (past tense of form “be” verb + “ing” form of main verb)
  9. Future Progressive (will or shall + be + “ing” form of main verb)
  10. Present Perfect Progressive (have or has + been + “ing” form of main verb)
  11. Past Perfect Progressive (had + been + “ing” form of main verb)
  12. Future Perfect Progressive (will or shall + have + been + “ing” form of main verb)
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