Learners: Teenagers - Adults
Time: 90 minutes
1) Show the learners the following picture
2) I reckon you and your students cannot guess who he is, that's why you need to listen to this man talking about himself. http://www.fromtexttospeech.
[I used a text to speech online software to create the tape, click on the link to download it]
By now you know who he is, don't you? Yes, it's Brad Pitt.
3) Hand in the handout above and ask the learners to answer the following questions
4) Tell the learners to underline the verbs in the speech bubbles meanwhile draw on the board a two-column chart.
Ask them in which tenses they are. The answer is: PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE & PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS.
4) Ask students to report the sentences in the right column and then together try to understand why you use whether present perfect simple or past simple.
In my case, I used a smart board and this was the result:
According to the number of the students you can decide if they will work individually, in pairs or in groups of 3 or 4. In my case they worked in groups of 3.
Each group has a biography of a famous living person but there are 10 missing verbs. They need to fill in the gaps with the right verbs conjugated in the right tenses. Finally, they need to guess who the celeb is.
7) Now it's learners' turn! (In class or as homework)
a) Download 1picture of a famous living person.
b) Write a short biography (80-100 words) about him/her using present perfect simple and past simple (You can use www.biography.com to get some information.)
c) Edit the picture with the mobile app FaceGoo Lite (Free Android/iOS)
d) Record your voice while while you give hints about the mysterious famous person. Remember to use the 3rd person singular.
e) Students listen to each other's biographies and try to guess who the mysterious celebs are.
I hope you and your students will enjoy this lesson. If you try it out please let me know in the comments ;-)