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 filiplarsson on Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:00

I found this website where anyone can create these type of bingo charts. Randomized and for free:

Submitted by Dominique-Jeanne on Wed, 05/02/2018 - 12:08

apparently I can't find the activities...

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

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!

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