Present Perfect Continuous - ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

What have I been doing?

ESL Miming and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 minutes

This entertaining miming game can be used to help teach or review the present perfect continuous tense. In the activity, students play a miming game where they guess what someone has been doing using the present perfect continuous. The students are separated into two teams (A and B). A student from Team A comes to the front of the class and is handed a mime card. The student asks the class, “What have I been doing?” The student then has two minutes to mime the sentence on the card to his or her team. During these two minutes, the members of Team A can ask the student questions about what he or she has been doing to which the student can nod yes or no. If Team A guesses the sentence in the allotted time, they score 2 points. If they don’t guess the sentence or time runs out, it’s Team B's turn to answer. If Team B guesses correctly, they score 1 point. Then a student from Team B comes to the front of the class and the game continues in the same way. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. This game can also be done as a speaking activity with students describing what they have been doing to their team without using the words on the card.

What have you been doing recently?

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this insightful worksheet activity, students conduct a survey on recent activities and actions to practice the present perfect continuous. This activity also helps to teach students about the time expressions used with this tense. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by going through the items on the worksheet and preparing present perfect continuous questions for the survey. When the students have finished, they move around the classroom asking and answering questions about their recent activities and actions, e.g. 'Have you been working hard recently?' When a classmate answers 'Yes, I have' to a question, the other student writes down their name and asks a follow-up question or two. The students then move on to speak to someone else. When everyone has finished, students give feedback by sharing and discussing any interesting findings with the class.

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