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Teaching Order of the Tenses; Backshift. Anett Fellner 9 May 2014. Beginner:. Past Simple (Unit 7,8 – Past, Places). Present Simple (Unit 4 ,5 – Life, Routines):. 3A Read the article again and find the past form of the verbs below.

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Teaching order of the tenses backshift

Teaching Order of the Tenses; Backshift

Anett Fellner

9 May 2014



Past Simple (Unit 7,8 – Past, Places)

Present Simple (Unit 4 ,5 – Life, Routines):

3A Read the article again and find the past form of the verbs below.

start started – dance, move, cry, laugh, walk, arrive, stop, talk, listen, wait, play

1. He/She/It + verb + ___

2. With have: use he/she/it + ______

3. With verbs ending –chand –o: use verb + ___

2A Write the past forms of the verbs. Use the text in exercise 1B to help. Check the meaning of any new words.

meet met – come, take, think, become, break, go, have, sit, say

4A Complete the sentences with a verb in the positive or negative.

  • I live with a friend. (+)

  • I __________ two sisters. (+)

  • I __________ a camera. (-)

  • I __________ English five hours a week. (+)

  • I __________ in an office. (-)

Teaching order of the tenses backshift


Present Perfect (Unit 12– Experiences)

Present Continuous (Unit 8– Now):

3A Look at the sentence and underline the correct alternative to complete the rule.

I’ve been to Guatemala and I’ve climbed that volcano.


A Have you ever met a famous person?

B Yes, I have. I met a famous actor last year.

A Really? Who did you meet?

Teaching order of the tenses backshift


Future Simple (Unit 3)

Present Perfect Continuous (Unit 7 – Success)

Past Continuous (Unit 5 – Travel)

7A Make sentences with the prompts.

  • I/run/start to snow. So....

    I was running when it started to snow. So I went home.

  • 1.I/wait for a bus/meet my boss.

  • 2.I/watch TV/recognise my best friend.


6A Read the sentences below. Underline examples of the present perfect simple and present perfect continuous.

Teaching order of the tenses backshift


Future Perfect and Future Perfect Continues (Unit 6 – Age)

Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous (Unit 4– Stories):

4A Look at the sentences from Laura’s letter. Which one talks about.

  • things that will be completed before she opens the letter?

  • things that will be in progress around the time that she opens the letter?

    a, I’ll have changed a lot.

    b, I bet when I get this, it’ll be raining

3A Read the first paragraph of Starfish again and underline examples of the past simple; the past continuous; the past perfect and the past perfect continuous.



7 Put the paragraph below into reported speech. Begin each sentence with He told me or He said.



6 Compare the words spoken to the reported sentences and answer questions 1-2 below.

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