I’m on good form! It’s been a fun weekend of classes.
Today I tried out a new task for practising the present perfect (life experiences). Well, it wasn’t exactly new, just a variation on a few well-known tasks. Still, it worked well – lots of practice and lots of smiles!
- Put a few topics on the board:
Travel, sport, studying English, animals, food
- Elicit a few verbs (past participle form) related to each topic:
Travel: been, seen, travelled…
Studying English: studied, passed…
Animals: owned, fed…
These will help students with ideas.
- Give students 5 slips of card each. They write one sentence on each card (one for each of the topics). The sentence should be about their life experiences. Rules are…
- The sentences must be true (that narrows things down a bit!)
- They can’t be too easy to guess
- You must keep your sentences a secret
Easy to guess for Thai students: I’ve been to Chiang Mai (most of the students have)
Harder to guess: I’ve walked along the Great Wall of China (quite specific)