Present Perfect Continuous - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets
What have I been doing?
ESL EFL Miming and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
This entertaining 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 picks up a 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/her team. During these two minutes, the members of Team A can ask the student questions about what he/she has been doing to which he/she 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 try. 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 EFL Speaking and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this intriguing speaking 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 the 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. Then they move on to another student. When everyone has finished, students give feedback by sharing and discussing any interesting findings with the class.
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