In several of my English classes, of all levels, have asked for some a clear demonstration of the differences between Past Simple, Past Perfect and Past Continuous (also know as Past Progressive).

Lately in my classes, I’ve been drawing a timeline on a piece of paper and showing it to students as a way of demonstrating the differences. Obviously, this isn’t especially effective, but I’ve always felt that these tenses were best explained visually.

So recently we were inspired by watching the great videos produced by the Kahn Academy, and decided to start creating videos with a tool called a Bamboo, that basically allows you to draw on your computer screen. We then recorded the drawings to make a whiteboard presentation like the one below. Teauna did the drawing and the speaking.

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