Here are four quick no-prep activities that students can use to deepen their understanding of the present perfect.
1. Have you ever ....
Students play with a partner and try to find four things in a row that their partner has done. They must correctly conjugate from the infinitive to the present perfect, for example "eat snails" -> have you ever eaten snails?
2. Have you been vs. Did you go
Students decide which option is grammatically correct to form a question with a given phrase. For example, "to the beach last week" would combine with "did you go". They can then ask their partner.
3. Haven't vs. Don't have
ESL students especially may struggle with this point, saying "we haven't pencils" instead of "don't have". This Go Fish style game enables students to match the proper question ("do you have any brothers") with its answer ("no I don't have any brothers")
Finally, a quick quiz on the present perfect to test students' knowledge and inform future instruction.
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