Teach English in ZhAngmutou Zhen - Dongguan Shi

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What I learnt from Unit 6 is focusing on the four past tenses: The past simple, past continuous, past perfect and past perfect continuous. The system and structure of past tenses is not too different from present tenses, except that past tenses obviously relate to past time periods. Most of the form (affirmative, negative and question) are mostly similar to the present tense. As a teacher, I definitely need to understand the meaning of each tenses and briefly explain to the student, so they could understand the meaning of each past tense. First is the past simple tense is used for actions completed at a definite time in the past. The form of the past tense is Subject+ verb + -ed/ -d. In term of negative form, we just need to add 'did not'. while use in the question form, we just put 'Did' before the sentence. For teaching ideas that I expect the students to produce are playing: matching present tense with the past (so it will improve the students vocabulary), interview role-play and discussing past holiday. Second is the past continuous tense, mostly are talk about interrupted past action or express an action, which began before that time and probably continued after it. The form of past continuous tense is Subject + auxiliary verb be (was/were) + verb + -ing. for example; At eight pm I was watching football; They were not watching Tv (negative form); was she watching Tv? (question form). For teaching ideas while explain more in past continuous are: telling stories and use a newspaper. Third is the past perfect tense, it used to generally represent actions that occurred before other actions in the past (the past in the past). The form of present prefect tense is Subject + had + (not) + past participle. For example; she had called her, she had not called her (negative form), had she called her? (question form). For teaching ideas, debates about situation had happened in the past. Fourth is the past perfect continuous tense is used to talk about longer actions or situations in the past that had been going on continuously up to the past moment that we are thinking about. The form of present prefect continuous tense is Subject + auxiliary verb 'had'+ (not) + been + verb + -ing. For example; before sleep, she had been playing cellphone for two hours; she had not been playing cellphone for 2 days (negative form); had she been playing cellphone in the class? (question form). For teaching ideas, I would like the student to take question and answers about their hobbies. The use of these tenses are for explaining the student how to use in the sentence and how to form the good sentence. It will require a lot of practice by giving more examples and state the difference between each of the tense. Hopefully by the time of the semester end, Students will recognize and use it in way of speaking and writing.