How well do you know your partner?
ESL Past Simple vs. Present Perfect Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes
In this free past simple vs. present perfect activity, students see how well they know a partner by completing sentences about them and then verifying the information by asking and answering questions. Divide the students into pairs and give each student a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students complete sentences about their partner in the past simple or present perfect using the correct form of the verbs in brackets, e.g. 'James started learning English in 1990'. 'James has had his mobile phone for six months'. When the students have completed the sentences, they pair up with another student to prepare the questions they need to ask to verify the information, e.g. 'When did you start learning English?' 'How long have you had your mobile phone?' When the questions have been prepared, the students go back to their original partner and find out how many of their sentences are right by taking it in turns to ask and answer questions in the past simple and present perfect. Students score themselves one point for each correct sentence. The student with the highest score wins. Afterwards, students give feedback to the class on how well they know their partner.