Present Perfect Just, Yet, Already - ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Have just and Haven't yet

ESL Present Perfect Just Yet Activity - Writing and Speaking - Elementary - 25 minutes

This present perfect worksheet activity is ideal for teaching students how to use 'just' and 'yet'. Students begin by writing down five sentences about things they have just done and five sentences about things they plan to do today but haven’t done yet. Then, working with a partner, students guess and write down three things their partner has just done and three things their partner hasn’t done yet today. After that, students ask and answer questions with their partner to see if their guesses were right or wrong.
 

Yet, Just and Already

ESL Present Perfect Just Yet Already Activity - Reading and Speaking - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this engaging just, yet and already activity, students make questions and statements and reply using the present perfect. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding part of the worksheet. The students take a few minutes to look at the picture and word prompts on their worksheet and prepare what they are going to say. Students then take it in turns to make questions or statements from picture prompts. Their partner replies using the present perfect with 'yet', 'just', and 'already' from word prompts on their worksheet. Students continue in this way, alternating roles as they go. When everyone has finished, the answers are checked as a class.
 

Around the Clock

ESL Present Perfect Just Yet Already Board Game - Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

Here is a fun 'just, yet and already' board game to help students practice the present perfect. In groups of four, students take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a time square, they make three sentences using the present perfect. The first sentence is about what they have normally ‘just’ done at that time of day. The second sentence is about what they haven’t done ‘yet’ and the third is about what they have ‘already’ done, e.g. 'At 8 a.m., I have just had breakfast. I haven’t gone to school yet. I have already had a shower.' If a student makes a grammar mistake or if a sentence doesn’t make sense for that time of day, they must go back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.
 

The Bucket List

ESL Present Perfect Yet Already Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this present perfect worksheet activity, students ask and answer questions about someone’s bucket list using 'yet' and 'already'. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding part of the worksheet. After reading an introduction text about a rich businessman called Mr. Thomson, Student A takes on the role of Mr. Thomson’s assistant and Student B plays the role of Mr. Thomson. The assistant asks Mr. Thomson questions about the activities he has or hasn’t done to help him write his bucket list. Student A asks present perfect yes/no questions using 'yet' and marks Student B’s answers on the worksheet. Student B replies using the present perfect with 'already' for affirmative answers and 'yet' for negative answers. When Student A has finished asking questions, the students swap roles. When everyone has finished, the students go through the combined items that would be on Mr. Thomson’s bucket list.
 

What has just happened?

ESL Present Perfect 'Just' Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Low intermediate - 25 minutes

In this rewarding present perfect activity, students play a card game where they listen to common everyday expressions and guess what has just happened. The students are divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the table. The students then play a guessing game to practice the present perfect with 'just'. The students take it in turns to pick up a card and read the expression in bold to the group, e.g. 'I'll get it'. The other students then try to guess what has just happened by making present perfect sentences with 'You've just...' The first student to guess the correct answer wins and keeps the card, e.g. 'You've just heard a knock at the door'. The next student then picks up a card and so on. If students are unable to guess the exact answer, a close enough answer can be accepted. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
 
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