Present Perfect – lesson ideas for B1 students

 

Today I would like to present three different activities which may help your students speak English with the use of the present perfect tense. They involve walking around, speaking with other learners and working in groups.

 

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Ex. 1 “Have you ever done it?” mingle activity
Give out the worksheets, and first ask your students to work in pairs and complete the questions with the correct form of the verbs in brackets. After checking it with the whole class, tell them to go to five individuals and ask each one two different questions.  Finally, ask the students to report the results of their enquires to the rest of the students.

question answer who
Have you ever …………………………..…… (travel) by plane?
Have you ever …………………………..…… (be) abroad?
Have you ever …………………………..…… (ride) a horse?
Have you ever …………………………..…… (find) something made from gold?
Have you ever …………………………..…… (sleep) in a tent?
Have you ever …………………………..…… (eat) an octopus?
Have you ever …………………………..…… (run) more than 5 kilometers?
Have you ever …………………………..…… (write) a poem?
Have you ever …………………………..…… (have) the flu?
Have you ever …………………………..…… (buy) a newspaper?

 Printable materials for Ex. 1

Ex. 2 “Find your match” activity

Split your students into two groups A and B. Cut out the questions and give one slip to each student in group A. Do the same with the answers and give one to every B student. Ask all B students to stand in a line. Tell the A students to go from individual to individual in group B and ask their question until they find the right match – a student with the good answer. After all the students have found their match, they swap the slips of paper with their match and go back to their groups. Now the A’s have the answers and the B’s have the questions. Tell students A to make up questions for the answers they have and ask students B to write answers for the questions they got. Students cooperate in their teams. Their sentences may vary from the original ones. The point is to encourage them to produce the language in a communicative way and practice the present perfect tense.

QUESTIONS ANSWERS
Have you ever had a toothache? Yes, I have. The pain was terrible and I had to go to the dentist.
How long have you worked for this company now? Since 1998 I guess. I really like my work and don’t want to retire.
You look wonderful today. Have you changed your hairstyle? I’ve just found a new hairdresser.
Has the concert started yet? Yes, they began ten minutes ago, and you’re late as usual.
What has happened to your hand? It’s bleeding! I’ve just cut it with this kitchen knife. It’s too sharp.
Have they been always so busy at the shop? No, but they’ve been overworked lately. The Christmas season started a week ago.
Have you finished working on the project? Not yet, I still need to do one more survey.
Has Mary already left the apartment? No, she’s still here.  
Have you seen this movie? Oh, yes. It’s a real blockbuster and a must to see.
How long has your husband had this car? For a couple of months. It’s almost brand new.

Printable materials for Ex. 2  

 

Ex. 3 Miriam’s New Year’s resolutions  – plans vs reality

Students work in small groups. They get a handout with two pictures showing the same person at two different times of the year, one on New Year’s Eve and the other one on some day ten months later. Tell your students they are supposed to follow the instructions provided. First they should make a list of Miriam’s New Year’s resolutions, and then write about her achievements. In this activity students practice the use of both the future simple and the present perfect tense.

a) It’s New Year’s Eve. Miriam is thinking about what she should change in her life. Look at the picture and help her to make New Year’s resolutions. Use the future simple tense and the verbs in the box.

Example: I will lose weight.

    lose       find            fall in         cut down on         eat             quit          change         start         stop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b) Imagine it’s October. Has Miriam made it and changed her life? Look at the picture below and write about her life achievements. Use the present perfect tense.

Example: She has lost some weight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printable materials for Ex. 3

 

You may also like:

Past Simple or Past Continuous? – lesson plan 2 (B1)

Past Perfect for intermediate level students (B2)

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