This activity practises ‘have you ever...? to talk about life experiences. It is student led in terms of the content and is satisfying as a result.

Author: 
Derek Spafford

Preparation

Print out and copy a grid worksheet and bingo card for each student.

Procedure 

  • Elicit and write a list of about 20 irregular verbs (infinitive forms) on the board.
  • Give out bingo cards and ask students to choose any 9 verbs from the board to write the past participle form on their cards. 
  • Play bingo by randomly selecting the verbs and calling out the infinitive forms. 
  • Students identify the verbs on their cards and cross them off until they have a line or full house depending on how you want to play.
  • Elicit some life experiences from the students. Examples could include get married, have a baby, win a prize etc. 
  • Put students into groups, give them a piece of paper and ask them to brainstorm other life experiences. Monitor and provide help if necessary. Set a time limit.
  • When finished write up all the experiences on the board. 
  • Give out the grid handout and ask students to fill in the grid with life experiences of their choice from the ideas on the board. 
  • Students then mix together and ask and answer questions to try to find someone who has had that experience. They should be encouraged to ask follow up questions and to talk to as many people as possible.
  • Feedback by asking students to comment about their information.
Extension
Students could write a short paragraph about another student and then read this out without saying the name. The other students must guess who it is. For example: This student has been to Africa. She went there in 1992 with her family. She saw lots of wild animals including a lion and rhino. She would like to go back again. Who is it? 
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Language level
Language Level: 
Intermediate: B1

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