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Add some fun interactive practice to your ESL classroom! Students will review the past participles of common irregular verbs while asking each other questions in the present perfect tense. They will also learn to recognise signal words which signify when to use the present perfect.
Instructions: Students work in pairs. They must follow the instructions on the worksheet and (secretly!) place six ships in their ocean. They must then ask their "enemy" (partner) questions in the present perfect tense to find out if that particular square in the grid contains an enemy ship.
Be sure to teach the necessary vocabulary words, such as "Hit!" and "Miss!".
Students should already have a basic understanding of the present perfect tense. You could review common irregular verbs and model a few questions beforehand. For example, "Have you eaten breakfast yet?" Or, "Have you spoken English recently?"
Depending on your students' level, you may need to teach the difference between certain signal words such as "yet" and "already."
This activity is suitable for all learners who have an A2 - B1 level of English. The prevalence of the verbs used to talk about daily activities makes this activity universal.
The following verbs are included:
eat, drink, sleep, run, see, go, speak, sing, read
The following signal words are included:
recently, ever, yet, since, always, already
Hope you and your students will enjoy this activity! I have successfully used it with a variety of ages from pre-teens to adults.
Tip: Battleship boards can be laminated for indefinite use. Have your students use whiteboard markers and you're good to go.