Mastering grammar: verbs and tenses – French

Last updated: 07/05/2022
Mastering grammar: verbs and tenses – French
Main Subject
Key stage
Grammar: Verbs and tenses
Includes answers
Resource type
Teaching pack

Mastering grammar: verbs and tenses (French) is designed to teach and review the key verb forms and tenses required by the GCSE curriculum at both Foundation tier and Higher tier. It is suitable for use with key stage 3 and key stage 4 students across a wide range of abilities and is not specific to a particular exam board.

The aim of the pack is to make the grammar appear logical and accessible by drawing students’ attention to patterns through fun, communicative activities that are informed by aspects of Gianfranco Conti’s EPI approach.

The pack consists of eight units, one on each of the following tenses / verb forms:

  1. present tense
  2. negatives and questions
  3. perfect tense
  4. imperfect tense
  5. future tenses
  6. conditional tense
  7. reflexive verbs
  8. modal verbs and the passive voice

plus a review unit at the end.

The units are not intended as schemes of work but rather as a bank of ideas from which you can pick one activity or a series of activities at a level appropriate for your class. The examples used cover a variety of topics so that the activities can be integrated into your teaching at any point in the course. The vocabulary has deliberately been kept very simple, enabling students to concentrate on understanding and practising the grammar. There is particular focus on negatives and questions as examiners’ reports indicate that candidates often struggle with these.

Each unit includes:

  • an explanatory PowerPoint
  • 3–5 awareness-raising activities (‘recognising the tense’)
  • 3–5 practice activities (ranging from receptive knowledge through structured production to freer practice)
  • 3–5 assessment tasks (receptive and productive knowledge)
  • answers (for activities with ‘right/wrong’ answers).

The PowerPoint teaches the grammar point explicitly, starting with a comparison of the English tense / verb form with the French one. If you have weaker students, you could show them the explanatory PowerPoint after the activities, or not at all. If you have more able students or prefer a more traditional approach, you could show them the PowerPoint explanation before starting the activities.

Browse all our GCSE French verbs and tenses resources. See our other GCSE teaching packs, on vocabulary, translation, speaking and writing.

An extract from the pack:


Complete the crossword to practise se lever in the present and perfect tenses.



2. he gets up

4. she got up

6. we got up

7. they (m/mixed) get up

9. I got up

10. you (plural/formal) get up

11. he got up

12. I get up


1. you (singular) get up

3. they (f) get up

5. we get up

8. she gets up

Mastering grammar: verbs and tenses – French

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