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Present Perfect For and Since Board Game

by | Nov 16, 2022

Welcome to day 3 of our present perfect activities giveaway! Today we’ve got the activity I wish I had had when I first started teaching… Something useful, a little bit fun, guided enough to keep my lower-intermediates from getting confused, open enough to be able to use more than once and tricky enough to get them to practice, repeat and master. I really think this will be helpful for you too. Let’s dive into this Present Perfect For and Since Board Game.

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How to use it?

First thing’s first, this board game was designed for your online ZOOM classroom, but it works just the same as a printable in your offline classroom, too.

This board game was designed to practice 3 constructions:

  • I haven’t… for…
  • I haven’t… since…
  • It’s been… since…

Your students must reach the end of the board by creating present perfect statements describing the last time they did something and using one of the three constructions above. For each statement they are allowed to use only one of the options in the box they land on. This gives them a wide variety of statements they could create while forcing them to consider the best construction. For each box, there are typically 3 different logical ways to use the time expressions, but sometimes there are 4:

Box no. 18 – 3 weeks / I read an article about it

I haven’t brushed my teeth for three weeks.
I haven’t eaten chicken since I read an article about it.
It’s been three weeks since I ate any chicken.
It’s been a few years since I read an article about chickens.

Now, feel free to use this present perfect for and since board game in any way you see fit to practice for and since with the present perfect, but the game is more fun this way and also forces your students to practice the present perfect in its negation, which I find is always trickier than the affirmative.


How to make it ZOOM friendly?

Use the annotate tool in your ZOOM application to create transparent colored ovals! Nice and simple 😉 These are your game tokens. Then, google up some virtual dice! Here you go >>

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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