What Have You Done?

Tiffany - author of the lesson   Tiffany I February 13, 2024
General English, Speaking Lessons
A2 Elementary
Present Perfect
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
What Have You Done? | ESL Printables

Lesson Overview

It’s time to get the house in order! In this lesson, students will learn about daily activities and some household chores. This lesson features audio of people describing their day. Students will learn and practice the present perfect tense and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and practice the present perfect tense to talk about actions and experiences that have occurred at an unspecified time before now. They will focus on forming affirmative, negative, and interrogative sentences using "have/has" plus the past participle of verbs.

  • Listening: They will improve their listening skills by hearing people describe their daily activities and accomplishments using the present perfect tense. This exercise aims to enhance comprehension of spoken English, focusing on the usage of the present perfect to describe recent and past actions.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in discussions about their daily activities, household chores, and personal accomplishments, using the present perfect tense. They will share what they have done recently, what they haven't done yet, and discuss plans and ambitions.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces vocabulary related to daily activities and household chores, such as "water the lawn," "fix the garage door," "clean the fence," and "repair the roof." It also covers expressions related to accomplishments and routine tasks.

  • Homework: Homework tasks are designed to reinforce the lesson's focus on the present perfect tense and vocabulary. Students will write correct words to complete sentences about household items, fill in missing letters to complete verbs related to household activities, use the present perfect tense to complete sentences about recent activities, unscramble words to create questions and answer them, and talk about something exciting they have done using the present perfect tense.


Listen to the audio about different things people do during their busy day. From playing golf and eating brunch to decorating for Halloween and buying a new car, people have a lot going on. They still manage to accomplish a variety of jobs and tasks that they can check off their to-do list.

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

work out [phrasal verb]: to exercise to improve the strength of your body or to get fitter
reply [verb]: to answer
brunch [noun]: a meal eaten usually in the late morning; a combination of breakfast and lunch
mortgage [noun]: a legal agreement to borrow money from a bank, especially to buy a house or other property; the money borrowed from a bank that is used to buy a house
professional [noun]: someone who has a job that needs skill, education, or training
chore [noun]: a piece of work that needs to be done regularly, e.g., household tasks such as cleaning
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