These game cards offer signal words and phrases such as "right now" or "yesterday" that may indicate the tense of a sentence. For more advanced English language learners, you can substitute these for the Verb Tense cards in the Verb Tense Practice Card Game.
These Signals prompt the student to think of a sentence using the correct verb form in context, without the name of the tense.
For example: If the Pronoun card is "she," the Signal Card is "all day," and the Verb card is "wearing," the student might make the sentence "She has been wearing her coat all day."
This is actually a more natural way to practice using verb tenses, but some students are more comfortable using the Tense cards. Try both ways and see which works best. The most important thing is to have fun and build confidence!
PLEASE NOTE: Since the words come up in random combinations, some Verbs may not work with some Pronouns or Signals. (For example, a stative Verb may come up with a progressive Signal). You will need to monitor this, and let the student know if a combination won’t work. Try not to let a student struggle to think of a sentence for a combination that doesn’t work. This doesn’t happen too often, but do be aware of it!
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