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Preterite Imperfect Lesson Plans

Preterite vs. Imperfect: How to Choose the Correct Tense

Teach students to choose between preterite and imperfect tenses.

Simple 5 Question System for Choosing Preterite vs. Imperfect As Spanish teachers, we all know that one of the trickiest topics to teach is how to choose between the preterite and imperfect tenses.  For years, I watched students struggle with this concept and to be honest, when I was a newer Spanish teacher, I had a hard time figuring out which tense to choose, too. Since none of the techniques that I learned in school seemed to be working well…

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    How to Teach Tricky Verb Tenses and Grammar, Part 2

    In the first 2 parts of this series, you learned how native speakers learn differently than language students and how to break down tricky verb tenses into manageable chunks by teaching…

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    How to Teach Tricky Verb Tenses and Grammar, Part I

    Don’t you just love teaching tricky verb tenses?  Nope, not really!  In particular, the past tenses and the subjunctive can be so troublesome to teach.  But why are they so hard to teach?…