Children have little concept of time. Their lack of awareness often makes me smile. So I know how difficult it is trying to explain the difference between things that have happened, things that are happening now and things that will happen in the future. It's even more difficult for children who are learning to speak English - how do you pass on that abstract idea of time when they have little grasp on the vocabulary?
This is the problem I was faced with last week. I was being interviewed for a new post as EAL (ESL) teacher and had to teach a lesson to secondary children (middle) on choosing the appropriate tense. I knew what I wanted to do but without knowing the level of English each child had, and without being able to speak Polish or Portuguese myself, I was unable to plan in any depth.
I needed to create a bespoke resource. And I came up with this... A mini lesson based around a weather report and using graphics and colour (key strategies in my language teaching).