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    Teaching the present perfect simple

    Hello!
    I am an English teacher in Israel and I teach English as a second/foreign language.

    I sometimes find that the present perfect simple tense a difficult tense for students to grasp and fully comprehend. The reason for this is that Semitic languages such as Arabic and Hebrew have nothing similar to this tense.

    If you have a solution to my problem I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you

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    Re: Teaching the present perfect simple

    English, in general, is a tough language to teach. When it comes to teaching this particular tense, you just have to tell your students how it is formed (have + past participle) and then give them those three or four major situations in which it is normally used. And then load them with exercises. Sooner or later they'll get the hang of it.

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    Re: Teaching the present perfect simple

    Of course, words like "just", "already", "ever", "never", "for", "since" and a few others should be given special attention.

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    Re: Teaching the present perfect simple

    I found Michel Lewis's idea of this form as a retrospective form useful. " It is a present form. It is always essentially grounded at the point Now, the moment of speaking".

    'The English Verb' by Michael Lewis
    Last edited by 5jj; 23-Nov-2011 at 15:29. Reason: typo

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    Re: Teaching the present perfect simple

    Thank you for your swift reply.

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