I Can/I Can't

Purpose:  to practice using the forms “I can” and “I can’t”

Prep time: none

Materials:  none

Prep:  This activity is best done in small groups or circles of 6-8 people.  If your class is larger, model the activity with the whole group, then divide into smaller groups.


1) Tell the person on your left something you can do.  For example: I can swim.

2) The sentence travels all around the circle, with students using can/can’t as appropriate to themselves.

3) The objective is to find as many things as possible which everyone in the group can or can’t do.


Use this activity to practice the present perfect as it relates to expressions of experience.  For example: I’ve been to Duluth.  The objective is to find things that everybody or nobody in the group has done.

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