| | past tense--absolute beginners
I'm a volunteer teaching an ESL class at church. I have no training, but neither does anyone else available, so I'm it! There is a serious need in our congregation, and long waiting lists for community classes.
I am teaching the absolute beginners--some have no more than five English words in their vocabularies. Most online lessons seem to presume you know the language (we have several languages represented, including Thai) or that the students know rather a lot of English.
How do you get past tense across to students? I am hoping to begin using pictures of scripture stories soon as a foundation for our lessons, since these students attend our church, but I'm finding I am lost as to how to make the stories past tense.