Teens|Grammar activating|Pre-Int|11. Amazing people

School marks

How are things at school?


  • Pavel Durov is a founder of the most popular social network in Russia.
  • Emma Watson is a famous British actress, who played the lead in «Harry Potter» movies.
  • Elon Musk is an inventor and a billionaire. His most famous invention is an electric car. His companies also create innovative equipment for rockets and spaceships.
  • Julia Lipnitskaya is a famous Russian figure skater, who won her first Olympic gold medal at the age of 15.
  • Denis Matsuev is a famous Russian pianist, who has won a lot of prestigious awards, starting from the age of 15.
  • Miley Cyrus is an American actress and singer, who has enjoyed popularity since her young age and played the main part in a famous series for teens «Hannah Montana».

Look at the pictures of famous people

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1. What do they do?
2. What are they famous for?
3. Do you like any of these people? Why?
4. Are there any people who inspire you?

Amazing young people

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Listen and complete

Jordan Romero has had an incredible life! He has climbed the highest mountain on every continent. He’s climbed Mount Everest in Nepal and Aconcagua in Argentina. He’s been on TV and he’s written a book about his experiences. He’s travelled around the USA to tell his story and to encourage children to do outdoor activities. He’s tried BMX biking, skateboarding and rock jumping. He has never been afraid of anything!

Amy Chyao is a science superstar. She has done research into cancer. She has met the President of the United States five times and she’s won many awards for her work. She hasn’t written a book, but she’s written articles for important journals. She’s also travelled to Poland to meet important scientists. Her secondary school teacher says: «I’ve never met anyone like Amy and I’ve taught a lot of really clever kids.»

Present Perfect for experience

Write the name


Read the rule

We use Present Perfect to talk about an experience at some time in our life up to now. We do not say when it happened.

Short form Long form
I‘ve taught kids.  I have taught kids.
He‘s written a book.  He has written a book.

Short form Long form
I haven’t taught kids. I have not taught kids.
He hasn’t written a book. He has not written a book.

We can use Present Perfect with never to talk about experiences we have not had at any time in our life up to now.

Short form Long form
He‘s never been afraid. He has never been afraid.

Tyler and his cousin

Choose the correct variant

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Complete the sentences

Use the words from the list: be, see, swim, eat, visit, sleep

They’ve already done it

Match the phrases and the pictures

We use just, already, yet and recently with Present Perfect to show how we feel about the events. Look at the examples and mind the position of the adverbs:

I’m not hungry. I’ve just had lunch.
She has been very busy recently.

I’ve already read this book. (+)
I haven’t finished this book yet. (-)
Have you finished the book yet? (?)

It’s 8 p.m. Say what Sarah and Robert have already done today

Sarah  Robert
have a shower 9.30 p.m. 7.30 a.m.
make bed 7.30 a.m. 8 a.m.
do a maths test yesterday tomorrow
practise the piano 7.30 a.m. 5.30 a.m.
finish dinner 7.30 a.m. 8.30 p.m.
watch TV 4 p.m. 8.30 p.m.
clean teeth 9.30 p.m. 9.30 p.m.

Have you climbed a mountain?

Listen and complete the table

Explain the difference between «snorkelling» and «scuba diving».

  • Snorkelling is swimming with a snorkel (a mask and a tube), that allows you to breathe through your mouth when floating underwater near the surface of the water.
  • Scuba diving allows you to go deep inside the water to examine the bed of the sea or lake, wearing a tight fitting diving suit, and breathing through an oxygen tank.

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Ivy: Hi Dora, how are you?
Dora: Good thanks, Ivy. I’ve had the most amazing holiday.
Ivy: Lucky you! What did you do?
Dora: It was a very active holiday. One day we climbed right to the top of a mountain.
Jason: I’ve never climbed a mountain. I’ve climbed a big hill, but not a mountain.
Dora: This was a real mountain. There was snow at the top. Have you ever climbed a mountain, Ivy?
Ivy: I have, but not recently. It was a long time ago.
Dora: Oh, right.
Ivy: Where did you stay?
Dora: In a five-star hotel! Can you imagine?
Ivy: I’ve stayed in a five-star hotel.
Jason: Have you? What, recently?
Ivy: Yes, not long ago.
Jason: I’ve stayed in two- or three-star hotels, but I’ve never stayed in a five-star hotel. Was it nice, Dora?
Dora: It was, but we only stayed there one night. After that we camped. That was brilliant. We were on a farm and we picked fresh fruit every day.
Ivy: I’ve done that. Well, not recently. When I was a child.
Dora: Camping or picking fruit?
Ivy: Both, I camped and I picked fruit when I was a child.
Jason: Me too. I did both those things when I was a child.
Dora: And another amazing experience was I tried snorkelling.
Ivy: What’s that?
Jason: You know, swimming underwater with a mask.
Ivy: With an oxygen tank, you mean?
Dora: No, no, not with an oxygen tank. That’s scuba diving. You need lessons for that. I haven’t done that. I mean with a mask and a snorkel. It was great. We saw lots of really colourful fish. I loved it.
Ivy: It sounds amazing. I’ve never tried snorkelling or scuba diving, for that matter!
Jason: I’ve tried snorkelling. It was about five years ago. But I’ve never tried scuba diving. Maybe next year!

++ Yes, recently.
+ Yes, but not recently.





climb a mountain



stay in a five-star hotel
pick fresh fruit
try snorkelling
try scuba diving





climb a mountain



stay in a five-star hotel







pick fresh fruit




try snorkelling



try scuba diving

I have done or I did


Present Perfect and Past Simple

We use Present Perfect to talk about past events when the exact time of the event is either not obvious or not important.

I‘ve finished this book.
Have you ever ridden a horse?
I‘ve never eaten sushi.

When the past time is important, we use Past Simple and an exact time expression. We also use Past Simple when we give extra information about an event.

I finished this book yesterday.
Did you ride a horse at the weekend?
I didn’t do that when I was a child.

We use recently with Present Perfect to talk about events in the near past.

Have you spoken to Frank recently?
I haven’t played much basketball recently.

We often use ever and never with Present Perfect when we ask and talk about experiences.

Have you ever spoken to Frank?
I‘ve never played basketball.

We can also use these expressions: once, twice (= two times), lots of times.

I‘ve eaten Japanese food once.
He‘s climbed that mountain lots of times.

Put in the right column

Paul’s in charge

Complete the dialogue


Look at the pictures and role-play

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— Have you done the washing-up yet?
— No, I haven’t. I cut my finger yesterday, so I couldn’t do it.

Now you can


Now you can:

1. Talk about something that you have done or have never done.
2. Ask people about their experience.
3. Use time expressions with Present Perfect and Past Simple.


1. do research 4. fail the test 7. rock climbing 10. yet 13. just
2. stay up 5. whale 8. recently 11. never 14. snorkelling
3. do the washing up 6. scuba diving 9. already 12. ever

Useful language

— BMX biking

Irregular verbs race


Complete the table

Grammar reference

Present Perfect


We use Present Perfect to talk about events that happened in the past but we don’t know when.

I‘ve lost my phone. (= I lost it. I don’t know when.)
He‘s visited Turkey and Russia. (= He visited both countries in the past. We don’t know when.)

We often use Present Perfect when a past event has some connection to now.

Someone has broken the chair. (= Here is the chair. We can see it is broken. We don’t know when it happened.)
Sorry! I haven’t found your purse yet. (= I am still looking for it now)

We don’t use a finished time expression, like yesterday or last year with Present Perfect, because it isn’t important or we don’t know when an event happened.

I‘ve read that book.
I‘ve read that book last year.

We can, however, use unfinished time expressions, for example, ever, never, today, once, twice.

Note that ever and never go before the past participle.

I‘ve never worked as a waiter.
Have you ever sailed a boat?’ ‘No, I haven’t.’
He‘s seen that film twice.
You‘ve eaten a lot of chocolate today.
This is the first time I’ve ever played chess.

We can use gone to and been to in Present Perfect sentences. They have different meanings.

She‘s gone to China. (= She went to China and she’s still there now.)
She‘s been to China. (= She went to China but she isn’t there now.)

Present Perfect with just, already, yet and still

We use the adverbs of time just, already, yet and still with Present Perfect to show how we feel about events in time. We can use just with Present Perfect in affirmative sentences. We use it to talk about a recent event. Just goes immediately after have/has.

They’ve just finished their exam. (=They finished their exam a short time ago.)
‘I’m looking for Tom’ ‘I’ve just seen him. He’s in the corridor.’

We can also use already with Present Perfect in affirmative sentences. We use it to say that an event happened sooner than we expected. Already goes immediately after have/has.

‘When is the test?’ ‘We’ve already done it.’
‘This is my brother.’ ‘I know. We’ve already met.’

We can use yet with Present Perfect in negative sentences and questions. We use it to talk about something that has not happened but we expect that it will. Yet normally goes at the end of a sentence.

We haven’t seen that film yet. (But we’ll probably see it soon.)
Has Robert finished that book yet? (We expect him to finish it.)

We can use still in negative sentences to express a stronger meaning than yet. It means that something is going on longer than we expect. It goes before hasn’t/haven’t.

Robert still hasn’t finished that book. (He’s taking a long time to finish it.)

Bindi and Bob

Complete the story with the verbs in Present Perfect

Choose the correct option

Example: Peter have/has been to Egypt.

Have you ever…

Put the words in the correct order. Answer about yourself


Complete the dialogue

Lucy Pemberton

Listen and write: Yes or No

Interviewer: Today I’m talking to Lucy Pemberton. She’s 16 years old and she loves sailing. But the most amazing thing is that she sails all over the world on her own. So, Lucy, tell us about the journeys you’ve made.
Lucy: I’ve sailed across the Atlantic and the Pacific. I’ve sailed in the Indian Ocean. I’ve sailed to Australia, South Africa, South America and the Caribbean. In fact, I’ve sailed all around the world.
Interviewer: That’s amazing. Are you the youngest person who has sailed around the world alone?
Lucy: I think so. But I haven’t won any prizes because I’m too young. They say they don’t want young people to try to sail all alone because it’s too dangerous.
Interviewer: Do you think sailing is dangerous? Have you had any bad experiences?
Lucy: It’s dangerous sometimes. I’ve sailed through storms. They are definitely scary. But I’m a good sailor.
Interviewer: So how long have you spent on the boat?
Lucy: In the last two years, I’ve spent 400 days on the boat.
Interviewer: 400 days! So what about school?
Lucy: I haven’t had time to go to school this year. But I’ve done school work and I’ve read lots of books.
Interviewer: Have you ever earned any money from sailing?
Lucy: No, I haven’t. But that’s OK. I sail because I love sailing. I don’t do it for money.
Interviewer: Do you have any more ambitions?
Lucy: Well, I’ve never done a parachute jump. I’d definitely like to do that.

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Write the sentences about Lucy

Use the phrases: earn any money, do schoolwork, do a parachute jump, sail through a storm, be to Australia, win a prize

An Australian artist


Complete the text with Present Perfect

We’ve already seen it

Choose the correct option

She’s (already/yet) bought some bread.


Complete with «already», «yet», «just», «still»

Lost or have lost?


Choose the correct expression

You’ve worked hard (recently/on Monday).

Choose the correct option

Harry (bought/has bought) a new watch but then he lost it.
I (bought/have bought) a new pen. Look! Do you want to try it?

A holiday in Wales

Complete with Present Perfect or Past Simple


Complete with Present Perfect or Past Simple

A person you admire

Write about a person you admire

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Find some information about a famous person who is still alive. Write about their achievements. Use the ideas below.

«I’m going to write about Angelina Jolie. She has played in different films. She has adopted children from poor countries. She has done charity work…»

Useful phrases

  • become very rich
  • build a big house
  • buy expensive cars
  • help people in poor countries
  • learn many languages
  • make a film
  • travel around the world
  • win a prize
  • write a book

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  • School marks
  • Warm-up
  • Amazing young people
  • Present Perfect for experience
  • Tyler and his cousin
  • They’ve already done it
  • Have you climbed a mountain?
  • I have done or I did
  • Paul’s in charge
  • Now you can
  • Irregular verbs race
  • Grammar reference
  • Bindi and Bob
  • Have you ever…
  • Lucy Pemberton
  • An Australian artist
  • We’ve already seen it
  • Lost or have lost?
  • A holiday in Wales
  • A person you admire
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