Parts One to Three of Chapter 5 (the Simple Present –s Ending: “The Family”) of WorkLife English Grammar 2: English in Everyday Life.
Who It’s For: (Teachers & Helpers of) Beginning to Intermediate Language Learners
Why It’s Useful: Because it’s unique to English, language learners may not expect to have to add –(e)s to each Third-Person Singular Simple-Present Verb. Even so, the ending is needed in statements with subjects that are singular nouns or personal pronouns (he, she, it). Paralleling a previous chapter with only 1st, 2nd, and/or plural sentence subjects, these pages cover Affirmative & Negative Statements + Yes/No & Wh-Questions & Answers in the 3rd Person Singular. They also include Infinitives after Verbs and Frequency Words, both common in the Simple-Present.
What You’ll Do:
 With others, act out the Strip Story “Do You Miss Your Family?” on page 68. (Have learners) Identify the many third-person singular sentence subjects + tell the matching main (after auxiliary) verbs. If ready for an “oral pretest,” some participants can pre-demonstrate their ability in the forms by telling briefly about one of their own relatives or friends. Then perhaps they can direct small learning-groups in going over the boxed Sentence Patterns, Instructions, and Exercises A-E (+ *F + **G) on pages 69-72. One or more members from each group can report to the whole class, telling what they now know about someone else’s relation, companion, or pal.
 For Part Two on pages 73-76, adapt Step  above to the material. Be sure to (get others to) notice the differences between Statement and Question (+ Short Answer) forms. End the segment with paired activities and more learning about one another.
 Regard Part Three on pages 77-79 as a Reading Selection with Comprehension Questions. Then use the material for grammar analysis and practice. End the Part and the Chapter with more oral and/or written interaction (exchange of information) Participants and their connections to relatives and friends.