Present Perfect ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Are you sure?

ESL Present Perfect Activity - Reading, Writing and Error Correction - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this rewarding present perfect activity, students review the correct use of the present perfect by finding errors in affirmative and negative sentences, and questions. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students read the sentences and questions on the worksheet, some of which contain errors in the use of the present perfect. If the students think a sentence is right, they put a tick next to the sentence. If they think it's wrong, they put a cross. When the students have finished, they bet on their answers, depending on how confident they are about their decisions. Students bet between 10 and 100 points for each item. Afterwards, check the answers as a class. If students guess correctly, they win the amount they bet. If they guess incorrectly, they lose that amount. The student with the highest grand total at the end is the winner.
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Interactive Version - In this present perfect interactive worksheet, students do an exercise where they find and correct errors in present perfect sentences and questions

 

Finished or Unfinished?

ESL Present Perfect Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this present perfect exercises PDF, students learn how to use the present perfect tense to talk about finished and unfinished actions or events and related time expressions. Students begin by reading how the present perfect is used to talk about finished actions or events. Students then read a list of sentences, focus on the time expression, and decide if each sentence is right or wrong by putting a tick or cross accordingly. Next, students read how to use the present perfect to talk about unfinished actions or events. The students then read sentences and write 'finished' or 'unfinished' on the lines. After that, students use their own ideas to write two present perfect sentences about their own life experiences and two sentences about unfinished actions or events in their lives. Students then continue by reading a list of finished and unfinished time expressions and putting them into the correct category. Afterwards, students write sentences in the present perfect using prompts and unfinished time expressions. Finally, students write true present perfect sentences about themselves using unfinished time expressions. The students then read their sentences to a partner and discuss if they have had similar experiences.
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Interactive Version - In this present perfect interactive PDF, students learn how the present perfect tense is used to talk about finished and unfinished actions and events.

 

How have you been?

ESL Present Perfect Game - Miming and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free present perfect game, students give news about recent events using the present perfect. Give each group of four a set of good and bad news cards. Students take it in turns to take a card from the top of the pack, without showing it to anyone. A group member then asks the student '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, the student must be silent and mime the present perfect sentence on their card using actions and gestures. The other students then try to guess the news. The first student to say the present perfect sentence on the card wins and keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.
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Present Perfect Bingo

ESL Present Perfect Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun present perfect activity, students play a game of bingo where they ask and answer 'Have you...?' questions. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students then go around asking their classmates present perfect 'Have you...?' questions from the squares on the bingo grid. If a square relates to a personal experience, the students make a question with 'Have you ever...?' When a classmate answers 'Yes, I have' to a question, the student writes their name in the square and then moves on to speak to another student. If a classmate answers 'No, I haven't', the student asks a different question or goes on to speak to someone else. The first student to get five squares in a row in any direction shouts 'Bingo!' When this happens, stop the activity and have the student make five present perfect sentences about the information in the squares, e.g. 'Becky has flown a kite. Derek has been on a long flight, etc.' Then, the students continue the game by trying to complete the entire bingo card with names. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to discuss which questions were easy to find someone for, and which ones were difficult. The students then discuss their findings using the present perfect.
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Love Story

ESL Present Perfect Game - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun present perfect activity, students play a game where they race to put words in the correct order to make present perfect sentences about a love story. Give each team of three a copy of the worksheet. Teams then race to put the words in the first sentence on their worksheet in the correct order, adding in any necessary punctuation and correcting any grammar mistakes. The first team to show and read out the sentence in the correct order wins three points. Teams that show or read out a wrong answer lose one point. This continues until all the sentences have been completed. The team with the highest score at the end of the game wins.
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Present Perfect Time Expressions Game

ESL Present Perfect Game - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this engaging present perfect game, students race to make sentences and questions with time expressions that are associated with the present perfect tense. Divide the class into two teams (A and B). Invite one student from each team comes to the front of the class. Show the student a time expression associated with the present perfect tense. The two students then race to make a present perfect sentence or question using the time expression. The first student to do this successfully scores a point for their team. If a student makes a grammar mistake, they are out. If both students cannot make an appropriate present perfect sentence or question, they are both out. After that, two new students come up to the front of the class and so on. This continues until all the time expression cards have been used correctly. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. Afterwards, write the time expressions on the board. The students then write down a present perfect sentence or question for each time expression. Next, divide the students into pairs. The students then check each other's work and suggest improvements or corrections. Finally, review the time expressions and students' work as a class and give feedback.
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Present Perfect 'Wh' Questions

ESL Present Perfect Wh Questions Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this present perfect 'Wh' questions worksheet, students learn the functions of question words and how to form, ask and answer 'Wh' questions in the present perfect tense. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by filling in gaps with words from a box to explain the functions of question words. Next, students complete present perfect questions with suitable question words from Exercise A. After the answers have been reviewed, students write a response to each question. Go through the students' responses together as a class. Then, students practice writing present perfect 'Wh' questions using prompts. After that, students create present perfect 'Wh' questions corresponding to the underlined information in the responses. Finally, students ask and answer the questions in Exercise D with a partner.
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Interactive Version - In this present perfect 'Wh' questions interactive worksheet, students work through a range of exercises to learn question words and how to make, ask and answer 'Wh' questions in the present perfect.

 

What's been changed?

ESL Present Perfect Passive Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

This present perfect activity helps to teach students how to use the present perfect passive to talk about things that have changed. Divide the class into two teams (A and B). The students begin by memorizing the position and state of everything in the classroom for two minutes. A student from Team A then 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 by making present perfect passive statements, 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 their team for each correct answer. A student from Team B then leaves the room and so on. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Present Perfect Board Game

ESL Present Perfect Board Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 35 minutes

Here is an excellent present perfect board game to help students practice talking about various topics in the present perfect. This activity is also ideal for reviewing the various uses of the present perfect. Give each group of three or four a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Students take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a square, they talk about the topic on the square in the present perfect tense for 30 seconds without stopping. If a student can’t think of anything to say, makes a grammar mistake, or stops talking before the 30 seconds are up, they must go back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.
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The Greatest Traveller

ESL Present Perfect Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 30 minutes

In this insightful present perfect teaching activity, students discuss travel questions in the present perfect to find out who is the most experienced traveller in their group. Divide the students into groups of four and give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students review the items on the worksheet and prepare the travel questions they are going to ask each other, e.g. 'How many countries have you been to?' In their groups, the students then discuss each question in turn using the present perfect and write their answers in the column next to the questions. When the students have finished, they look at whose name has been written the most and complete the text at the bottom of the worksheet to explain who is the greatest traveller in their group and why. Afterwards, each group gives feedback to the class on their results.
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Interactive Version - In this present perfect breakout room activity, groups of students find out who is the most experienced traveller by discussing present perfect travel questions.

 

How things have changed?

ESL Present Perfect Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 45 minutes

In this free present perfect activity, students discuss how things have changed in the last ten years. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students look at the topics on their worksheet and think about how the things have changed in the last ten years. Students write their answers in the appropriate column in the chart marked ‘You’. Students also make notes to justify their answers. When everyone has finished, divide the students into pairs. Students then use the present perfect to interview their partner and complete the second chart on the worksheet with their answers, e.g. 'A: How do you think banking has changed in the last ten years?' 'B: I think banking has changed a lot. Banks have reduced their interest rates a great deal'. When the students have finished interviewing each other, students work in groups of four and discuss the topics they have put in different columns.
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Interactive Version - In this free present perfect interactive breakout room activity, pairs of students discuss how things have changed in the last ten years using present perfect.

 

Life as a Dancer

ESL Present Perfect Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this present perfect information gap activity, students write and then ask present perfect yes/no questions in the third-person in order to complete a text about a dancer. Divide the students into two equal groups (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Working with the people in their group, the students write down eight present perfect questions they need to find out the missing information in the text on their worksheet. When the students have finished, check the questions with each group. Next, ask the students to work with a partner from the other group. Student A and B sit facing one another. Student B goes first and asks Student A the first question on their worksheet. After that, the students take it in turns to ask and answer questions in numerical order. The students write 'have' or 'have never' in the blank spaces in the text according to their partner's answers. When the students have finished exchanging information, they compare their completed texts, which should be identical.
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Present Perfect Overview

ESL Present Perfect Worksheet - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this grammar review worksheet, students revise the various uses of the present perfect tense and related vocabulary. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by looking at words that are used with the present perfect tense. The students then complete present perfect sentences with the words. Next, students answer questions about the sentences by writing the sentence numbers. Students then use the present perfect related words from Exercise A to complete grammar rules. After that, students write sentences about themselves using just, already, yet, for, since and never. Students then write three questions to ask about a partner's life experiences using 'ever'. Afterwards, students ask and answer the questions with a partner. When they have finished, the students tell each other more about themselves using the sentences they wrote. Finally, have the students share what they found out about their partner with the class using the present perfect.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive present perfect exercises PDF, students review the present perfect tense and related vocabulary.

 

Present Perfect Review

ESL Present Perfect Review Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this present perfect worksheet, students work through various exercises and texts to review different structures in the present perfect tense, including active and passive voices. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by completing sentences with words related to the present perfect. Next, students answer questions in sentence form using the words from the box in Exercise A. Students also write one more present perfect question of their own at the end and answer it. After that, divide the students into pairs and have them ask and answer the questions with their partner. Students then underline ten mistakes in a text and write the correct phrases in the spaces provided. In the last exercise, students complete a text using verbs from a box in the present perfect tense, in either the active or passive voice.
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Interactive Version - In this present perfect review interactive worksheet, students work through a wide range of texts and exercises to review the various structures and words associated with the present perfect tense.

 

Unemployable

ESL Present Perfect Role-Play Activity - Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This present perfect role-play activity helps students review question and answer forms using the tense. Tell the students that they are going to conduct job interviews using the present perfect tense. Divide the students into pairs. One student is the interviewer and the other is the interviewee. Give each interviewee a role card. The interviewee’s role card shows the reason why they are unemployable. The job interviewer’s task is to ask present perfect questions and try to think of the right question to find out their partner’s secret, e.g. 'How many jobs have you had?' 'Have you ever been fired?' 'How long have you been unemployed?' Etc. The interviewees answer their partner's questions and are not allowed to lie, but they can try to avoid difficult questions. After the interviews are complete, the interviewers guess why their partner is unemployable. Finally, the interviewees reveal their secrets.
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