Monday, 05 December 2016

Modal Verbs of Possibility and Certainty - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Guess the Place or Situation

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 40 Minutes

This imaginative ESL activity will help you to teach your students how to use modal verbs of possibility and ability to talk about places and situations. In the activity, students work in pairs. Each pair is given a place or situation to describe. The pairs create five sentences using modal verbs of possibility and ability to depict the place or situation. When the students have finished writing, pairs of students take it in turns to read their sentences to the class. The other students in the class listen and try to guess the places or situations being described.

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The Day Trip

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Here is a card game activity for practicing modal verbs of possibility. In the card game, students practice making 'may' and 'might' sentences about things they are going to take with them on a day trip. The students are told to imagine that they are on holiday and that they are going to go out for the day and must say what they are going to take and why. In groups of three, students take it in turns to pick up a picture card and make an appropriate sentence using 'I'm going to... because + might or may...', e.g. I'm going to take a camera because I may/might want to take some photos. If a student makes an appropriate sentence, they keep the card. If they don't, the card is put back at the bottom of the pile. The winner is the student with the most cards at the end of the game.

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The Realms of Possibility

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this entertaining group activity, students practice asking and answering questions about their future using 'will' and 'won't' for predictions and the modal verbs of possibility: may/might (not). The class is divided into groups of four. Each student in the group is given a different interview card. The students ask each other the questions on their card and write the names of the people they interview in the appropriate column, according to their answers. Students also ask follow-up questions and note down the answers when possible. When the students have finished, they join together with people who have the same interview card and compare answers. Finally, the groups are asked questions about the information they found out. Any interesting or surprising information is then discussed in more detail.

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What's that noise?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

This amusing guessing game teaches students how to use modal verbs of possibility and certainty in an authentic situation. The teacher places some everyday objects behind a screen at the front of the class. The students are then separated into two teams. A volunteer operates one of the objects behind the screen. The teams take it in turns to guess what they think the object could be. Each time a team makes a guess, they use a modal verb of possibility by saying 'It could/may/might be a...' If a team is very certain what the object is, the team uses a modal verb of certainty by saying 'It must be a...' Teams have points added and subtracted for right and wrong answers.

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Don't leave home without it

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is a fun card game to help students practice the modal verbs of possibility ‘may’ and ‘might’. In the activity, students listen to a classmate describe an everyday object by talking about what they may or might want to do using the item. Students then race to guess the name of the object. The class is divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of picture cards. The cards show pictures of everyday objects that people often carry with them. In their groups, students take it in turns to pick up a card and make a sentence using may or might. The first student to guess the object keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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It's Possible

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes

This intriguing activity will help to teach your students about modal verbs of possibility and adverbials of probability, and how to make predictions and express certainty. To begin, students are put into groups and each student is given a prediction slip. Each student has to ask two questions about the future to every group member. Students reply by making predictions with expressions of possibility, certainty and uncertainty. When the students have finished, they work together in small groups to write about the information they have gathered.

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Jon's Story

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This intriguing ESL activity helps to generate discussion using modal verbs of possibility. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. To begin, the class reads about a dilemma between a boyfriend and girlfriend. The students then answer questions about what it's possible for each person to do in the story. They answer the questions using the modal verbs of possibility: could, may and might. Afterwards, the students have a class discussion based upon the dilemma in the story as well as their answers to the questions.

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In the next 30 years...

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this compelling teaching activity, students use adverbs of probability and modal verbs of possibility to talk about what changes they think will take place in the next 30 years. The class is divided into four groups A, B, C and D, and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. In their groups, students prepare questions about the future based on prompts on their worksheet. Then students make groups of four by sitting together with people from the other groups. They take it in turns to ask each other questions. Students record their classmates' answers on a chart. Every time a student answers a question, they use an adverb of probability, e.g. Yes, definitely, Maybe, etc. When they have finished, the students return to their original groups and collate their answers. Using adverbs of probability and modal verbs of possibility, each group writes down and then presents their results to the whole class.

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Life in the Year 2050

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students choose modal verbs of probability to complete a range of statements about life in the year 2050. When they have finished, the students work in small groups. They tell each other what they have written for each statement, giving the reasons for their answers. The students discuss any differences of opinion and come to a consensus for each point. When they have reached an agreement, each student writes yes or no in the second column of their worksheet, depending on whether the group agrees with their original opinion or not. After that, each group shares their ideas with the whole class.

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Related Teaching Activities: Future Forms - Mixed  /  Future Forms - Predictions

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