English Discussion on
 Present Perfect


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STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to Student B.)

(1) What do you know about the present perfect in English?
(2) What are the different functions of the present perfect?
(3) If a student wanted you to explain the present perfect to them, what would you tell them?
(4) What are your biggest problems with the present perfect?
(5) What’s the difference between ‘Have you ever…’ and ‘Do you ever…’?
(6) Can you think of a more helpful or useful name for the present perfect than ‘the present perfect’?
(7) Does your teacher put a timeline on the board to help explain the present perfect? Is this useful?
(8) What’s the difference between the present perfect and the past simple?
(9) Teachers often talk about ‘unfinished time’ when teaching the present perfect. Do you understand this?
(10) What is your favourite present perfect question?

STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to Student A.)

(1) What do you think when your teacher tells you you’re going to do a lesson on the present perfect?
(2) What does the ‘present’ and the ‘perfect’ mean in the present perfect?
(3) Is there anything similar to the present perfect in your language?
(4) How is the present perfect formed (questions, negatives and statements)?
(5) Can you remember a good or a bad present perfect lesson?
(6) What’s the difference between ‘Have you ever...’  and ‘Have you…’ How does the word ‘ever’ change the question?
(7) Do you think there’s a big difference between ‘gone’ and ‘been’?
(8) What would English be like without the present perfect?
(9) What three adjectives would you use to describe the present perfect? Why these three adjectives?
(10) What’s the difference between the present perfect and the perfect present?



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