Some verb tenses, like the present simple, are easy to teach - which is why most ESL teachers cover them first, at the very beginning of level one. But soon you and your class will move on to the next few verb tenses - and eventually, you’re going to have to teach the present perfect. This tense can be a little hard for students to grasp at first - and it can also be tricky to distinguish from the past simple. Still, it’s crucial for your students to learn how to use it correctly.
Many ESL teachers start to run out of ideas for present perfect-related activities after the second or third class spent focusing on this tense. And that’s understandable - sometimes it seems like there are only so many ways to approach the present perfect before both you and your students start to tune out. Making sure your students learn to understand and produce present perfect verbs correctly means providing a steady supply of new, interesting, and challenging activities - and that can be tough to manage.
That’s exactly why BusyTeacher.org offers 293 present perfect worksheets - all of them tested and student-approved in real ESL classrooms all over the world. Whether you’re looking for simple fill-in-the-blank worksheets for introducing your students to the present perfect tense, or searching for new games and activities that’ll inspire your students to use the present perfect in creative ways, BusyTeacher.org has got you covered.
Our 293 worksheets cover all aspects of the present perfect, from regular verbs to irregular ones; from pronunciation to proper construction. And they teach these concepts in a diverse variety of ways, from board games and rhyming activities to listening activities with popular songs and online videos. These worksheets will do a lot more than just drill your students on the present perfect tense - they’ll encourage your class to think about how and where the present perfect is used, and start to produce it on their own.
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The present perfect is a grammatical combination of the present tense and the perfect aspect, used to express a past event that has present consequences. An example is "I have eaten" (so I'm not hungry). Depending on the specific language, the events described by present perfects are not necessarily completed, as in "I have been eating" or "I have lived here for five years." The present perfect is a compound tense in English, as in many other languages, meaning that it is formed by combining an auxiliary verb with the main verb. For example, in modern English, it is formed by combining a present-tense form of the auxiliary verb "to have" with the past participle of the main verb. In the above example, "have" is the auxiliary verb, where as the past participle "eaten" is the main verb. The two verbs are sometimes labeled "V1" and "V2" in grammar instruction. In modern English, the auxiliary verb for forming the present perfect is always to have.