Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses - Present Perfect - Prompt Teaching Idea

 

Here now is a teaching idea for the present perfect tense. If you remember back, one of the main usages of the present perfect tense is to talk about past experiences at an indefinite time. Here, will be having students work in small groups. Each small group will receive a prompt. This prompt has various past experiences. However, not conjugated into the question. The challenge for the students will be to take one of these prompts and to create a question based upon it. For example here they see 'win' and 'a competition'. One at a time, the students will take turns forming the question. 'Have you ever won a competition?' The other people listening to the question in the small group, will exchange their past experiences, either 'Yes, I have,' and perhaps tell a bit about the competition, or simply 'No, I haven't.' At the end of a certain period of time, the teacher will ask all the students to stop and share some of the experiences included on this prompt. Then, based upon having done this with the aid of a prompt, the teacher can then challenge each group to come up with their own questions for other past experiences not seen here. Again, each student will take a turn forming their own questions. At the end of a certain period of time the teacher will ask the groups to stop and again share their feedback. All of the sentences created, whether they be questions, positive or negative statements will, of course, be in the present perfect tense.


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This unit covered the varying methodologies of teaching as well as how to form lessons plans using ESA in various different ways. I found this useful in learning how to create a lesson and the variety of ways in which to engage and as well as teach students. The ideas on how and when to correct students were also valuable pieces of information.Understanding a verbs structure is analogous to understanding how the language perceives time. It is imperative knowledge in society. Time and dates along with how someone performs an action leads to effective communication. I feel this lesson has given me a better understanding of the verb structure and how it is used in everyday conversation.