Mastering grammar: verbs and tenses – Spanish

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Mastering grammar: verbs and tenses – Spanish
Main Subject
Key stage
Grammar: Verbs and tenses
Includes answers
Resource type
Teaching pack

Mastering grammar: verbs and tenses (Spanish) 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, including 'mind reader', 'find someone who' and 'pyramid translation'.

What's included?

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

  1. present simple and present continuous tenses
  2. negatives and questions
  3. preterite and perfect tenses
  4. imperfect tense
  5. future tense
  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
  • awareness-raising activities (‘recognising the tense’)
  • practice activities (ranging from receptive knowledge through structured production to freer practice)
  • 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 Spanish 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 Spanish verbs and tenses resources. See our other GCSE teaching packs, on vocabulary, translation, speaking and writing.

What's inside?

Introduction (pages 4–10)

1. Present tenses (pages 11–24)

2. Negatives and questions (pages 25–37)

3. Preterite and perfect tenses (pages 38–54)

4. Imperfect tense (pages 55–66)

5. Future tense (pages 67–83)

6. Conditional tense (pages 84–95)

7. Reflexive verbs (pages 96–102)

8. Modal verbs and the passive voice (pages 103–113)

9. Verb and tense review (pages 114–122)

A sample from the pack:

Encuentra a alguien que ...


ha comido comida mexicana


ha cocinado para su familia


ha estado en un país hispanohablante


ha visitado los Estados Unidos


ha escrito un correo electrónico hoy


ha mandado un mensaje de texto hoy


ha visto todas las películas de Harry Potter


ha leído todos los libros de Harry Potter


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