Shanellea Shanellea

Copy of Present Perfect and Present Perfect Progressive
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn about the Present Perfect and Present Perfect Progressive by reading about the couple who started the Lonely Planet travel books, Tony and Maureen Wheeler. They will also be provided worksheets, which I have created, and these will help them work out the rules for each of these verb tenses. Finally, a few concept questions will be given to make sure that understanding and full comprehension has taken place.


Abc Gap-fill handout, questions, Face2Face reading
Abc Gap-fill handout, questions, Face2Face reading

Main Aims

  • Students will be able to use the present perfect simple and present perfect continuous to talk about their lives up to now

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will be able to read about travel book authors and work out verb tense rules as a result


Warmer/Lead-in (Holidays and Travel) (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

I will present a copy of my Dubai & Abu Dhabi Lonely Planet book and ask them if they like to travel. Then, I will ask them questions using the two verb tenses I will be covering in the lesson. Finally, I will ask them if they identified the two helping verbs used in the tenses: have and have been.

Highlighting (2-3 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

At this stage, I will use the whiteboard to present the construction of both verb tenses. This will be left on the board so that they can continue to refer back to it if need be.

Exposure (3-5 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text

I will point them to the text on page 22 and have them work through exercise 5 while using the text to help them answer the questions.

Clarification (4-5 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

Here, I will present them with my worksheet where they can further clarify the meaning of the two verb tenses and study the various uses of each tense.

Controlled Practice (7-8 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Now, we shall return to the worksheet, exercise 6. As a group, they can work through these eight exercises.

Semi-Controlled Practice (4-5 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

They will return to my worksheet and answer questions.

Free Practice (6-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Lastly, they will work both individually and as a group on exercise 8, drawing a timeline of their lives and using that information to create sentences using both verb tenses.

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