Present Simple

Questions about things which happen regularly and things in general.

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  1. What time do you normally wake up in the morning?
  2. How do you usually travel to work or school?
  3. What time do people usually have their evening meal in your country?
  4. How do you normally spend your evenings?
  5. Is there anything you always do before you go to bed?
  6. How many hours do you sleep every night?
  7. How often do you go to the cinema?
  8. How many languages do you speak?
  9. What is your favourite season of the year?
  10. In general, are people in your country good drivers?
  11. Do you have a favourite novel or short story? What is it?
  12. Where do you like to go on holiday?
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How to use the present simple ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the present simple ESL discussion questions in PDF format using one of the links above. The best way to encourage classroom interaction is to download and print the present simple discussion questions in the 'pairs' or 'threes' PDF format and then divide the questions by cutting along the dotted lines. This allows students to take turns asking and answering the present simple discussion questions in groups of two or three. Alternatively, you could use the 'cards' format to distribute the questions to any number of students to ask and share.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic of present simple in an interesting and engaging way. An anecdote, quiz question or a related image or video could all be used to achieve this. Depending on the level, it may also be necessary to pre-teach any challenging vocabulary related to present simple contained in the discussion questions.

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