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ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
This productive speaking activity teaches students how to construct "Have you ever...?" questions from prompts. The students do a mingling activity asking and answering different "Have you ever...?" questions.
ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
The purpose of this teaching activity is to have students produce "Have you ever...?" questions from prompts on their worksheet. Following that, the students undertake a mingling activity using a variety of "Have you ever...?" questions. Once someone responses with a "Yes, I have" answer, the inquirer jots down the student's name in the corresponding space in the worksheet and asks a follow-up question.
ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
This useful worksheet activity teaches students to use the terms: have just and have 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 write down five guesses about what their partner has just done or hasn't done yet. Next, the students work in pairs asking and answering questions to see if their guesses were right.
ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 45 Minutes
For this teaching activity, students work in teams to create "Have you ever...?" questions from verb cards. Then, they play a card game where the teams ask, "Have you ever...?" questions to each other. The player has to answer, "Yes, I have" regardless of whether it is true or not. After that, the teams ask follow-up questions and decide if the player's answer is true or false.
ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
This class activity will teach students to contrast the present perfect and past simple tenses. Each student is given a "Have you ever...?" question card. They have to ask every student in their class or group their question. When a student answers "Yes, I have," they must ask the follow-up questions in the past simple. At the end of the activity, students report back any interesting findings. Alternatively, the students can make a poster of their results.
ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes
This fun 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 groups. Each group plays against another group. One student reads one of his or her sentences. Then, the opposing group's players each put down a true or false card depending on whether they think the statement true or not. Then, the student reveals the answer. The opposing group gets one point for each correct guess. Then, the other group says one of their sentences and so on. This continues back and forth with one group giving a sentence and the other group guessing whether it is true or false, until all the sentences have been used up. The winning team is the one with the most points at the end.
ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this creative teaching task, the class is separated into teams of three. They are given jumbled up sentences about a love story. The story helps you to teach your students about the present perfect tense. The students have to sort out the jumble words and make sensible sentences, adding any necessary punctuation. For each sentence, the first team to call out the correct answer wins points.
ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
This straightforward activity lets you teach your students about present perfect time expressions. A student draws a card and must make a sentence or question using the time expression. The other students judge and suggest improvements or corrections. Afterwards, the teacher writes all the time expressions on the board and has the students write down a different present perfect sentence for each time expression.
ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
This speaking exercise teaches students how to use the present perfect to talk about things that have changed. Students memorize the position and state of everything in the classroom for two minutes. Students take it in turns to leave 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.
ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes
In this teaching activity, students try to guess how many people in their group have done the various things. Then, working as a group, they take it in turns to ask each other "Have you ever...?" questions to find out the exact number who have done each activity. Based on the results, they fill in the missing words (All of us, Some of us, None of us, etc.) in front of each statement on their worksheet.
ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes
This job interview activity assists in teaching students how to ask and answer present perfect questions. Students are divided equally into interviewers and interviewees. The students who are the interviewees will have a present perfect role card and on it is a reason why they are unemployable. The students conduct job interviews with each other and have to try to think of the right question to find out their partner's secret. The interviewer should try to ask questions using the present perfect. The interviewees are not allowed to lie, but they can try to avoid difficult questions.