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Present Perfect Game: How the World has Changed

by | Jun 25, 2021

This game will lead your ESL students to describe changes using the present perfect. Do you need more ? Check out vocabulary activities on Society & Politics and grammar practice on Present Perfect.

This activity is based on a bigger ressource called Present Perfect Jukebox. You will have more details about it below.

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This activity is probably the first in a long series of “Oh shoot, I should have put that one in there!” activities. Ever since we released the Present Perfect Jukebox, I’ve been coming up with new ideas to add to the activity pack. Apparently, 10 activities isn’t enough!

So here’s the unofficial 11th activity for the Present Perfect Jukebox. It’s in the form of a board game from an activity found in the upcoming Present Continuous Jukebox. In the original game, students talk about current trends and changes by using the present continuous. Now, students will use the present perfect to talk about changes.

It’s one of the basic contextual reasonings for the use of present perfect, but probably the least used amongst my students. It may even be a useful exercise for your more advanced students who have forgotten this rule or just need to burn it into their brains.

Here’s how to use it

On the activity you will find the game board, the scoring mechanism and some useful vocabulary related to trends and change. Divide your students into three teams and make a game piece for each team. Place them on the starting positions. Teams take turns navigating the web of topics moving only between bubbles that are directly connected. For each bubble, a member of the team should make a phrase using the present present perfect to describe a change associated with the topic. If it is grammatically correct, the team earns a point. The vocabulary is there to inspire some language. If you feel a debate or conversation could break out, let it happen! The first team to get 10 points wins.

Go further

Another way to talk about changes in English is using used toAdd this expectation to the game and you’ll be practicing two ways to describe change in English. What’s great about it is that these structures describe opposite sides of the change in question. Even harder? Make everything negative xD!

It used to be bigger

It has gotten smaller

I use this technique with my students all the time and it works wonders! I want them to know why we are using these structures. Who cares if they remember the past participle of the verb rise? The most important thing is knowing that they can describe a change easily and succinctly by using the present perfect.

Let us know how it worked out for your students in the comments section.

Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.


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