Simple Past

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Type: Grammar
Originally published on February 14, 2023 and last updated on May 14, 2023

To further enhance the effectiveness of conversation practice, ESL teachers can also prepare grammar-based conversation questions that specifically focus on using the simple past tense. These types of questions can help learners to internalize the rules of grammar and reinforce their understanding of the tense.

By regularly incorporating conversation practice with targeted grammar questions into their teaching, ESL teachers can help their students to become more confident and proficient in using the simple past tense in their everyday communication.

Go through the theory of the grammar point to make sure your students fully understand when and how it is used, and then go through the various conversation questions. Try and engage the students in conversation with follow up questions or comments if they only give one short answers.

Definition and Examples

The simple past verb tense is used to talk about events or actions that happened in the past and are now completed.

For example, you can use the simple past verb tense to talk about things you did yesterday, like “I went to the park” or “I met my friend for coffee.”

You can also use the simple past verb tense to talk about things that happened in the past but are no longer true, like “I lived in New York City” or “I worked at a bookstore.”

Conversation Questions

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  • What did you have for breakfast this morning?
  • What did you do last weekend?
  • What did you do on your last vacation?
  • What did you do on your last birthday?
  • What did you eat the last time you went to a restaurant?
  • When did you last meet up with friends or family?
  • What did you do in the last bank holiday?
  • When did you last go to the cinema?
  • What did you learn at school?
  • What did you do in your last night out with friends?
  • Where did you live when you were a child?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.