Ideas for Teaching the Present Perfect
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There are many different ways of teaching different grammatical structures, but usually there are certain methods or activities which lend themselves to teaching a particular structure.
The Present Perfect is one of those structures which you will find yourself teaching again and again, as students seem to struggle with it and need a lot of practice before it becomes more natural. So let’s look at a few things you can do to make teaching and learning the present perfect more fun and more effective.
- I Have Never. A popular drinking game in some parts of the world, this is a great game to practise the present perfect. (Obviously, though, the rules are slightly different as there is no drinking involved!). One student starts and makes a sentence which is true for them: “I have never ridden a motorbike”. If anyone has ridden a motorbike then they need to stand up. The next student makes another sentence – “I have never seen an elephant” – and if it’s true for them then they stay seated (or sit down) but if they have seen an elephant they stand up. This is a great game for the students to practise the structure and get to know each other at the same time.
- Around the World. Draw a world map on the board and mark out places where you have been and places you would like to go to, in two different colours. Let the students ask you questions about your destinations. They usually come up with questions such as “When did you go to Thailand?”, “Why do you want to go to India?”, though they may need some help on the correct question forms, depending on the level. When that is finished, give the students a handout of a world map or let them draw their own and they then do the same for themselves. In pairs or groups they compare maps and talk about where they’ve been and where they would like to go. This is a great way to consolidate one of the differences between the present perfect and the past simple.
- The Superlative Game. As the name suggests, this involves students comparing something in order to decide whose situation is the most superlative. For example, “The most expensive thing I’ve ever bought is my handbag for £150”. “The hottest place I’ve ever been to is Saudi Arabia.” The students can come up with the situations themselves or you can provide them with prompts. This is a fun for students to compete with each other and try to “beat” their partners. It can first be done in partners and then as a group activity to find out the winners of the whole class. While the present perfect may be tricky to get right, there are many games and activities which can be used to help your students practice it.
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- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.