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Present Perfect - ESL EFL Teaching Resources

Find Someone Who

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This productive speaking exercise teaches students how to construct Have you ever...? questions. Students walk around the classroom and ask questions to their classmates using the present perfect tense. When a classmate answers Yes, I have, the student writes that person's name on their worksheet. Then, they ask a follow-up question in order to gain more information. When everyone has finished, the students tell the class what they found out.

Find Someone Who - Have you ever.PDF

 

Find Someone Who Has

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students practice asking and answering Have you ever...? questions. When someone responds with a Yes, I have answer, the student writes down that person's name and asks a follow-up question. Finally, students make statements about the people they spoke to using has.

Find Someone Who Has.PDF

 

Have you ever...?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 45 Minutes

In this amusing teaching activity, students create present perfect questions. The students then play a true or false card game where they ask and answer questions using the present perfect and past simple. Students work in teams (A and B) and create present perfect questions from verb cards. After that, Team A starts and picks up one of Team B’s verb cards. Team B then asks a player on Team A the corresponding Have you ever …? question. The player answers Yes, I have, regardless of whether it’s true or not. Team B then asks three follow-up questions using the past simple. After the three questions have been asked, Team B decides if the player’s answer is true or false. The player then reveals the truth. If Team B is correct, they win a point. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Have you ever...PDF

 

Have You Ever Survey

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this fun class activity, students practice asking and answering questions using the present perfect and past simple. Each student is given a question card. The students are then told that they are going to do a class survey and ask questions using the present perfect and past simple tense. The students ask every student in their class or group the first question on their card. When a student answers Yes, I have, they ask past simple follow-up questions and note down the answers. At the end of the activity, the students report back their results to the class.

Have You Ever Survey.PDF

 

Deception

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes

This enjoyable guessing game teaches students how to use the present perfect to talk about experiences. Students begin by writing down twelve present perfect sentences about things that they have and haven't done in their lives. Some of the sentences should be true and some should be false. When all the students have finished, they are given true and false cards. Next, the class is split into teams. Each team plays against another team. A student reads one of his or her sentences. The opposing team's players each put down a true or false card, depending on whether they think the statement is true or not. Then, the student reveals the answer. The opposing team gets one point for each correct guess. Then, one student on the other team says one of their sentences, and so on. This continues back and forth with one team giving a sentence and the other team guessing whether it is true or false, until all the sentences have been used. The winning team is the one with the most points at the end.

Deception.PDF

 

Have just and Haven't yet

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

This supplementary worksheet is ideal for teaching students how to use the present perfect phrases: have just and haven't yet. Students write down five things they have done very recently and five things they plan to do, but haven't done yet. Then, they guess five things their partner has just done and hasn’t done yet and write them down. After that, the students work in pairs asking and answering questions to see if their guesses were right.

Have just and Haven't yet.PDF

 

How have you been?

ESL EFL Speaking and Miming Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

Here is an enjoyable miming game to help students practice using the present perfect for giving news about recent events. The students are put in groups of four and each group is given a set of news cards. Students take it in turns to take a card from the top of the pack. Another student asks How have you been? The student with the card replies with either Pretty good or Not too good, depending on whether their card represents good news or bad news. After that, they must be silent and mime the present perfect sentence on their card using actions and gestures. The first student to say the sentence on the card wins. He or she then keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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Just Say Yes

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this amusing guessing game, students practice the present perfect by talking about experiences at an unspecified time in the past. Students then use the past simple to find out more details. Each group of three is given a set of question cards. The students take it in turns to interview the other people in their group. Their task is to find out who is lying and who is telling the truth. One student begins by taking the top card from the pile. This student asks the other two students the question on the card using the present perfect, e.g. Have you ever won a competition? The other students answer Yes, I have, even if it’s not true. The interviewer then asks three follow-up questions in the past simple and tries to work out if they are lying or telling the truth. The interviewer scores one point for every correct answer. Then, the next student then picks up a card, and so on. The student with the most points at the end is the winner.

Just Say Yes.PDF

Love Story

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate -  25 Minutes

In this ESL activity, students play a present perfect grammar game and read a love story at the same time. The class is separated into teams of three. Each team is given a set of jumbled up words about a love story. Students start with the first sentence on their worksheet. They put the words into the correct order to make an appropriate sentence, adding any necessary punctuation and correcting any grammar mistakes. The first team to call out the correct sentence wins points. Teams also lose points for wrong answers. The team with the highest score at the end wins.

Love Story.PDF

 

Present Perfect Time Expressions

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This class activity helps students to associate certain time expressions with the present perfect. Students are invited to come to the front of the class and take a card. The student with the card then makes a present perfect sentence or question using the time expression. The other students judge and suggest improvements or corrections. When all the cards have been used, the teacher writes all of the time expressions on the board. The students then write down a different present perfect sentence for each time expression. Finally, students check each other's sentences and give feedback.

Present Perfect Time Expressions.PDF

 

Present Perfect Board Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

Here is a link to a fun teaching activity that helps students to practice the present perfect tense and develop fluency. In this activity, students play a board game in small groups. The students ask and answer questions using the present perfect in order to move along the board and reach the end. When a player lands on a square, another student asks them a question. If the player answers correctly, they stay on the square. If not, they must return to their original square. Students are encouraged to develop a short conversation after they hear each answer by asking follow up questions.

Present Perfect Board Game.PDF

 

Talk about it

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate -  30 Minutes

Here is an excellent board game to help students practice talking about topics in the present perfect tense. Students must talk about different topics for one minute. Players take it in turns to move along the board. When they land on a present perfect square, they read the topic and then talk about it for one minute. Students should use the present perfect tense to talk about the topic. They may also use other tenses if need be. If they manage to keep talking for one minute, they remain on the square. If not, they must go back to their previous square. The winner is the first student to reach the finish.

Talk about it.PDF

 

What's been changed?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate -  20 Minutes

This speaking exercise teaches students how to use the present perfect passive to talk about things that have changed. The class is divided into two teams (A and B). The students begin by memorizing the position and state of everything in the room for two minutes. A student from one of the teams leaves the room for one minute. During that time, the other students change five things in the room. When the student comes back, they have to identify what has been changed, e.g. The lights have been switched off. When the student returns and begins identifying changes, the other students must listen carefully and confirm or deny the changes. The student scores one point for each correct answer. Then a student from the other team leaves the room and so on. The team with the most points at the end is the winner.

What's been changed.PDF

 

Present Perfect Speculation

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students make present perfect sentences to talk about how many people in their group have done various things. The class is divided into groups and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, students try to guess how many people in their group have done the various things written on their worksheet. Students then take it in turns to ask their group members Have you ever...? questions in order to find out the exact number of people who have done each activity, e.g. Have you ever stayed up all night? Based on their results, the students complete each statement using a phrase on the worksheet, e.g. All of us, Some of us, etc.

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Staying out late

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

Here is a link to an authentic role-play activity for students to practice the present perfect with yet and already. The role-play is about a teenager asking a parent if they can stay out late. The class is split into pairs. One student is the teenager and the other is a parent. The students use a sample dialogue to create a new conversation. In the conversation, the parent asks the teenager whether they have completed various household chores. The teenager replies to the questions using the present perfect with yet and already. When the students have finished writing their dialogues, they perform them to the class.

Staying out late.PDF

 

Unemployable

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate -  40 Minutes

This job interview activity helps students practice asking and answering questions using the present perfect. The students are told that they are going to conduct job interviews using the present perfect tense. The class is divided into pairs. One student is the interviewer and the other is the interviewee. Each interviewee is given a role card. On the interviewee’s role card is the reason why they are unemployable. The interviewer’s job is to ask questions using the present perfect. They have to try to think of the right question to find out their partner’s secret. The interviewees are not allowed to lie, but they can try to avoid difficult questions. After the interviews are complete, the interviewers say whether they would employ the people they interviewed. Finally, the interviewees reveal their secrets.

Unemployable.PDF

 
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