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In the Words of Brandy


SUBMITTED BY:Patrick Bickford / Allan Miranda


EDITED BY: Fiona Steele

GRAMMAR: Present Perfect Verb

EXAMPLE: I have lived in Japan for five years.

DATE ADDED:May 25, 2008






35-50 min.
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BRIEF OUTLINE:This is a three-step activity emcompassing a fill-in-the-blank of Brandy’s "Have You Ever?", practice of forming past participle questions and finishing with the students asking both teachers strategic questions to elicit specific questions.





  1. Song:
    • Start by writing the verbs used in Brandy’s song on the board and have the students tell you the past participle.
    • Then, give each student a copy of the lyrics (InTheWordsofBrandy) and have them listen to the song. While they are listening, they must write either the past participle or the normal form of the verb.
    • Play the song 2-3 times.
  2. Coupon Game:
    • A
      fter making small groups, each group takes turns sitting at a line of desks located in the back of the classroom and answering questions for 1-2 minutes, after which, the teams rotate and the activity continues.
    • When a student, other than the team sitting in the back of the room, has formed a “have you ever ~ ?” question, they go and ask any member seated at the line of desks at the back of the room.
    • If the answer is “Yes, I have,” the students receive a pink paper. If it is “No,” they receive a blue paper.
    • It is best if one teacher stands with the answering students and the other goes around the groups and helps them think of questions.
    • Once the group has received 3 pink and 3 blue papers, they can move to the final step of this activity, the teacher interview activity.
    • The last group to move to the teacher interview activity, can instead ask the ALT/JTE questions since there won't be any other team to ask.
  3. Teacher Interview:
    • Students have to create and write 6 questions for the ALT (see worksheet). Three questions must elicit “yes” answers, and three must elict “no” answers.
    • Once they have written their questions, they can ask the ALT/JTE to ensure the answer matches.



  • Because of the multiple activities, it is easy to lose control of the classroom, so keep this in mind before you start this activity.


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