ESL For and Since Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Low intermediate - 30 minutes
In this rewarding activity, students complete present perfect simple and continuous 'for' and 'since 'sentences with true information and then find out who wrote other sentences by asking 'How long have you...?' questions. The students are divided into groups of four or five. Each group is given a set of cards, which they deal out equally. The students then write true present perfect simple or continuous 'for' and 'since' sentences using the verbs in brackets on the cards, e.g. 'I have studied English for five years', or 'I have been studying English for five years'. When the students have finished, they fold up their completed sentences and put them in a box in the middle of the classroom. The students' task is to then find out who wrote each sentence in the box by asking 'How long have you...?' questions in the present perfect simple or continuous, according to the tense of the sentence. The student that finds out who wrote the most sentences wins the game. All the students stand up and take one sentence card each from the box. The students then go around the class asking 'How long have you...?' questions to find the person who wrote the sentence on their card. Students reply to questions by making complete present perfect sentences. When a student finds someone who gives a matching answer to what's on the card, the student checks whether that person actually wrote the sentence by saying 'Did you write this?' If so, the student writes the person's name on the card, keeps it and takes another one from the box. The students repeat the activity until there are no cards left. The student with the most sentences at the end of the game wins. Afterwards, the students report back to the class on what they found out about their classmates using 'for' and 'since'.