In the event you have students who are stressed out or just plain bored by the dull approach to teaching grammar, there's a game you can play that will lure students into a communication approach to what is being taught.

Leonardo de Waal

I used this for teaching Present Perfect tense. It is just like bingo, but involves the students mingling and asking questions.

  • In a 4 or 5 by 5 grid write statements like 'Has never been to Colombia’, or ‘Has been to the cinema twice this month’ in each cell and so on until your grid is filled.
  • You might want to have different Bingo cards to create more variety.
  • Students will then mingle as a whole class and ask each other questions to try to fill the grid up.
  • Standard Bingo rules apply about winning the game. (Creating a row or column etc. with answered questions)

You can of course adapt this for many different language points. It is a good way to introduce a game element in to the typical mingle or 'find someone who' activities. Good luck!

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Submitted by agayeva shefeq7394 on Tue, 05/24/2011 - 10:48


This was really helpful for my students in assimilating Present Perfect tense form.This activity excited the learners and sustained their curiosity and interest till the end of the lesson.Thanks greatly!

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Wed, 05/02/2018 - 13:13

In reply to by Dominique-Jeanne


Hi Dominique-Jeanne There isn't anything to download for this activity - the activity (Bingo Mingle) is explained above. The teacher can decide exactly what sentences or structures to use. Thanks Cath TE Team

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