Have you ever attended a silent meeting?

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Grammar - Present Perfect

Present Perfect for experiences

LESSON OVERVIEW

In this lesson, students learn how to use Present Perfect for experiences and practise new vocabulary related to workplace meetings

A2 / Pre‐Intermediate
B1 / Intermediate
75 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan

PRESENT PERFECT FOR EXPERIENCES

The lesson starts with a reading task. Students focus on six short texts in which some famous people express their opinions about meetings. Some words in the texts are underlined and students have to choose the correct ones to answer six questions (e.g. What verbs can go with the word meeting? – schedule, hold, etc.) Next, they read the opinions again and engage in a discussion about meetings in the companies they work for. The following task exposes students to sentences in Present Perfect and Past Simple. They match four questions to their answers. They move on to a table with Present Perfect forms and the rules comparing the use of Present Perfect and Past Simple. At first, students analyse the forms. Then, they read each rule and complete the table using the sentences from the previous task as examples illustrating the rules.

PRESENT PERFECT & PAST SIMPLE PRACTICE

In the second part for the lesson students get the chance to put the rules they’ve learnt earlier into written and oral practice. At first, they read four gapped dialogues and need to complete them with the correct form of the verbs in brackets. Then, they discuss three questions starting with Have you ever…? and ask some follow-up questions in Past Simple. The discussion is followed by a text about silent meetings which students read and then discuss. The lesson finishes with a card game in which students practise the use of Present Perfect for experiences orally. In turns, they choose a card, build a question in Present Perfect and ask their partners. Then, they ask follow up questions in Past Simple. The twenty questions we’ve prepared are work-related as well as personal.

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  1. gevaguitar

    Great lesson! Thanks!

    1. Justa

      Thank you 🙂

  2. Julliana Correa

    Great!

  3. Lydia goold verschoyle

    A good lesson! Most business students relate well… of mine, some have had standing meetings… now in the time of covid, walking meetings of 2 people… none had experienced the silent meeting 😀

    1. Stan

      You never know what the business coaches will come up with next! But what I really enjoyed at the beginning of covid is having virtual coffee meetings for gossiping and just chatting. No agenda required 🙂

  4. AGM

    On pg 7, the answers are in the wrong order, and a is followed by e. It is all super confusing!

    1. Stan

      It does follow a logic, though. The words (answers) appear in order of their appearance in the analyzed texts. We figured that the most natural way is to look at each phrase in their context and match it to the right answer. Apologies, if that wasn’t stated and brought some confusion.

  5. RENATA DE SOUSA

    I’ve just loved this lesson plan! It’s quite adaptable and students love this idea of a silent meeting

    1. Justa

      Thanks for the feedback 🙂 So happy to hear your students like it!

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