Present Perfect For and Since ESL Activities, Worksheets and Games

For or Since?

ESL Present Perfect For and Since Worksheet - Writing and Matching Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

This imaginative for and since worksheet helps to teach students how to use the present perfect with time words and expressions. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by reviewing the rules for using 'for' and 'since' with time words and expressions. The students then put time words and expressions into the correct 'for' or 'since' column on their worksheet. When the students have finished, check the correct answers with the class. Next, give each student a set of 'for' and 'since' cards and have the students stand up. Call out various time words and expressions. After each word or expression has been called out, the students hold up the correct 'for' or 'since' card. If a student holds up the wrong card or is too slow, they are out of the game and must sit down. Before a student sits down, they make a present perfect 'for' or 'since' sentence with the time word or expression they got wrong. The last student left standing wins the game.
 
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For or Since? Interactive Worksheet

ESL Present Perfect For and Since Interactive Worksheet - Online Writing and Matching Exercise - Elementary (A1-A2) - 15 minutes

Here is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for English teachers working online. In the interactive worksheet, students do an online exercise to help them learn how to use for and since with time words and expressions.
 

How long have you...?

ESL Present Perfect For and Since Activity - Reading, Writing and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 35 minutes

In this fun present perfect for and since activity, students practice time expressions with 'for' and 'since' by asking and answering ‘How long have you...?’ questions in a class survey. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by changing the verbs in the questions on their worksheet into their past participle forms to create interview questions, e.g. 'How long have you been awake?' Students then stand up and go around the classroom asking the questions to their classmates. Students ask a different question to each classmate and write their name in the ‘Name’ column of the worksheet. When a classmate replies to a question, they give two answers, one using the word ‘for’ and one using the word ‘since’. The other student writes these answers on the worksheet. Afterwards, students report back to the class on what they found out about their classmates using the third person singular, e.g. 'Kim has been awake for four hours'. 'She has been awake since 7 o’clock'.
 

For and Since

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

In this free for and since activity, students play a guessing game to practice the present perfect and time expressions with 'for' and 'since'. Divide the students into groups of four and give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing present perfect 'for' and 'since' sentences with true information about themselves. The students then write the names of the other group members at the top of the three columns on their worksheet. After that, the students make guesses about what the other students wrote in their sentences by writing a point in time or period of time accordingly. When the students have finished, they take it in turns to give their guesses for one of the group member's first sentence. The three students do this by each making a sentence in turn, e.g. 'I think you've had your mobile phone for nine months', etc. When all three students have given their guesses, the other student reveals the correct answer. If a student guessed correctly, they score two points. If no one got the right answer, one point is awarded to the student(s) who gave the closest guess. The students then take it in turns to give their guesses for another group member's first sentence and so on. This continues until the correct answers have been given for all the sentences. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 

For and Since Survey

ESL Present Perfect For and Since Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this present perfect for and since activity, students conduct a survey where they ask and answer 'How long have you...? questions. Give each student a card. On the card is a question, e.g. 'Who has had their bag for the longest and shortest amount of time?' The students write down the 'How long have you...?' question they need to ask to find out the information on their card, e.g. 'How long have you had your bag?' The students then go around the class asking and answering their questions. Students reply to each question by making a present perfect sentence with 'for' or 'since', e.g. 'I've had my bag for six months'. 'I've had my bag since 2015, etc'. Students write each answer on the back of their card or on a separate piece of paper. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the class on their results.
 

For and Since Mix Up

ESL For and Since Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Low intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this rewarding for and since 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. Give each group of four or five 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 asking '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'.
 

For and Since Worksheet

ESL For and Since Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this theme-based for and since worksheet, students read about people who live on a street and complete exercises about them to practice the present perfect with 'for' and 'since'. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. The students begin by reading about the people who live in the houses on Oak Avenue. Students then complete sentences about the people using verbs in the present perfect and 'for' or 'since'. Next, students write present perfect 'How long...?' questions for a set of answers about the people. Finally, students write about what the residents of Oak Avenue have in common by making sentences with 'for' or 'since'.
 
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For and Since Interactive Worksheet

ESL For and Since Interactive Worksheet - Online Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

This is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for people who teach English online. In the interactive worksheet, students read about people who live on a street and complete online exercises about them to practice the present perfect with 'for' and 'since'.
 
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