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LEVEL: Elementary to Advanced (as revision)
SYNOPSIS: Students work in pairs asking and answer questions in the Present Perfect (with the possibility to add a Past Simple contrast if needed).
LANGUAGE FOCUS: Present Perfect, Past Simple
TIME: 15-35 minutes
INTERACTION: Pairs, small groups
VOCABULARY: frog legs, camel, volunteer, overseas, to be robbed, laugh at someone
[callout3]The purpose of this activity is to give students prompts in which to practice the Present Perfect together in pairs or small groups.[/callout3]
TARGET LANGUAGE:the examples in “target language” mimic more standardized language targeted in the actual activities.
A: Have you ever attacked someone who didn’t expect it?
B: Yes, I have.
A: What did you do?
B: It was on April Fool’s day and I took a bucket of water and completely plastered a group of teenagers from my balcony window. It was so funny.
- Cut out a set of the Present Perfect Speaking Cards for every pair/small group in the class. The cards are ordered so that the first page should be used at the end of elementary, the second page for pre-intermediate, and so on. Please note – these are for ADULTS and contain thematic content which could potentially not be suitable for teenagers. Please see the Teenager Present Perfect Speaking Cards for a younger audience.
- For elementary students, they can do a Q & A session in pairs of small groups after you’ve practiced one or two cards as a whole class. For proceeding levels, you should be able to hand out the cards and let the students go at it.
- If you are highlighting the difference between Present Perfect and Past Simple please make sure to have the students ask follow up questions after the initial question has been posed.
- After all the cards have been passed around/ asked and answered – break the students into new pairs/small groups and have them report to their new speaking partners what their old partners said. This will allow students practice changing subject-verb agreements.
- Have students write down a few of their own questions and play a CORRECT/INCORRECT game. Collect the sentences from the students and divide the class into two groups. Read each sentence the students have written and give a point to the team which can identify if the grammar of the sentence is OK or if it’s incorrect.
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