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Asking Questions - ESL/EFL Teaching Activities

Answers and Questions - Mixed Tenses

ESL/EFL Writing Activity - Elementary -  25 Minutes

Teach your students question structures with this useful worksheet. Students read a list of answers and must write the question for each answer using a range of question structures and tenses.

Answers and Questions.PDF


At the Party - Present Simple
 

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary -  25 Minutes

Students learn how to ask questions about personal information through this speaking task. Students work in groups of four. Explain to the students that they are at a party, and they are going to meet different people. Elicit the questions the students will need to ask and then hand out the role cards. The students then mingle with each other and ask questions in order to complete a chart of personal information about each person they meet.

At the Party.PDF

 

Delay - Past and Present Simple

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 10 Minutes

This amusing speaking activity is useful for teaching question and answer structures. Students work in pairs. Both students are given a different set of questions. Student A asks their questions to their student B. Student B gives delayed-by-one replies. This means the student asks the first question, and the other student doesn't reply. When the student asks the second question, the other student answers the first question. When the student B has answered all the questions, Student B then asks their set of questions to student A. The first pair to finish both sets of questions is the winner. The wrong combination of questions and answers can be highly amusing.Question words

Delay.PDF

 

Get the Right Answer - Present Simple

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This speaking exercise will teach students to recognize and master yes/no questions with the verb to be as well as other verbs. Students also get to practice short answers with auxiliaries with particular attention on the be and do contrast. To start, the class is split into groups of four and given a set of answer cards. The students shuffle and deal out the cards evenly. Students take turns to choose one of their own cards, and think of a question that will yield the answer on their card. He or she then tries to guess who in the group will give him or her the answer on the card, and directs the question to that person. In this teaching activity, students can ask and answer yes/no questions in the present simple, present continuous and/or future with going to.

Get the Right Answer.PDF

 

Information Line Up - Mixed Tenses

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary -  25 Minutes

Teaching students to communicate effectively is very important. This activity teaches students to ask questions and work together in order to achieve a goal. Students have to line up in teams as quickly as possible according to a series of instructions. The students have to ask each other questions to establish the correct line up.

Information Line Up.PDF

 

Interview Me - Past and Present Simple

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

Teach or revise question words and personal information questions through the use of this engaging activity. First, students work alone and complete questions using various question words. Students then pair off and ask their questions. Student A asks all their questions to student B. Then they swap roles. Students also ask follow-up questions. When the activity is over, each student tells an interesting fact about their partner to the class.

Interview Me.PDF

 

Question Time - Wh- Questions

ESL/EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

Below is a link to a great activity that teaches students about wh- question formation. In the first part of the teaching activity, students work in pairs. The students practice the correct use of auxiliary verbs in wh- questions through a matching activity. The second part is a communicative mingling activity, which provides the students with fluency practice in using wh- questions.

Question Time - Wh- questions.PDF

 

Question Words - Wh- Questions

ESL/EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

Here is a link to a handy worksheet for reviewing or teaching question words. Students begin by completing questions with question words. After completing each question, students write the answer. Next, students are presented with ten answers. Students must write a question for each answer. Finally, students answer a list of general questions.

Question Words.PDF

 

Tell me more - Mixed Tenses

ESL/EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This is an excellent activity for practicing question structures. The teacher starts the activity by writing a simple sentence on the board, e.g. The report is on the desk. The students are then told that they are feeling very inquisitive and want to find out as many details as possible about the sentence. The students' task is to write down as many questions as they can think of about the sentence, e.g. What is the report about? Who wrote the report? Why is it on the desk? Etc. The teacher makes up the answers to the questions as the activity progresses. This encourages the students to come up with more questions about the sentence. This ESL activity can also be played as a game with students in teams and a points system. Also, you can change the tense of the sentence on the board. The possibilities are endless.

Tell me more.PDF

 

I Know You - Wh- Questions

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

This speaking exercise is ideal for teaching or practicing Wh- question formation. Students are divided into groups of six. Each student writes two questions and answers about their group members using different question words. Players compete with one another within their groups. They take turns drawing a slip and reading the question. Whoever knows the answer puts their hand up and answers. If they are correct, they win the slip.

I Know You.PDF

Indirect Questions

ESL/EFL Lesson - Pre-intermediate -  1 Hour

If you are teaching your students how to make indirect questions, this lesson will come in handy. This lesson will also help to demonstrate to students why we use indirect questions. The lesson includes two written exercises based on the subject of money. In the first exercise, students complete each indirect question using the correct structure. In the second exercise, students write the words of each indirect question in the correct order.

Indirect Questions.PDF

 

Mike's Life - Mixed Tenses

ESL/EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate -  30 Minutes

This teaching activity helps students practice forming questions to find out missing information. The class is separated into two groups. Each group is given a text with different information missing. The group members have to come up with the questions they need to ask to complete the text. When they have finished, each student is paired with someone from the other group. The students sit back to back so they can't see each other's text. The students ask each other their questions and complete the text with the answers.

Mike's Life.PDF

 

Opening Statements - Wh- Questions

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Students work in teams during this teaching activity. One student gives an opening statement. The teams must try to find out as many further details as possible by asking Wh-questions. For each question a student asks, they receive one point for their team.

Opening Statements.PDF

 

Questions for Me - Mixed Tenses

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

This communicative task will teach students how they can ask and answer questions utilizing different question structures. The students are put into large groups and given a worksheet each. The students pass along the worksheets and write questions they would like to ask the person whose name is at the top of the worksheet they have received. They can choose to write their own question or complete an unfinished question. When the task is complete, the students go around the class and answer the questions.

Questions for Me.PDF

  

That's the Right Answer - Wh- Questions

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

Through this entertaining group activity, students learn to ask Wh-questions using a mixture of tenses. To begin the activity, the class is broken up into groups of four, and each group is handed a set of cards. The cards have an assortment of words and phrases on them. One student starts by picking up a card and asking a question that will make someone else in the group answer with the word or phrase on the card. The student, who answers with the word or phrase keeps the card and wins one point. The next student picks up a card, and so on.

That's the Right Answer.PDF

 

What's the question? - Wh- Questions

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

This enticing activity makes an excellent review of question forms. Before you begin, you will need to prepare a list of answers to question forms you want to review. The teaching activity revolves around a game where the students will be given an answer and they have to come up with the correct question. The class is split into two teams. One player from each team comes to the front of the class. You read an answer to a question and ask the two players, "What's the correct question?" The first player to respond with the correct question wins a point for her or his team.

What's the question?.PDF

 

The Job Interview - Mixed Tenses

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

In this teaching activity, students create job interview questions. Then, they play the role of an interviewer or a candidate in an interview. First, students decide on a job they would like to apply for. The class is then split into interviewers and candidates. Each student is then given a copy of their respective worksheet. The students sit together in their groups. The interviewers discuss and decide on the salary, hours of work, etc. for the job. The candidates decide on the ideal criteria for the candidate to have, e.g. age, work experience, etc. The students then use prompts on their worksheet to create job interview questions. The interviewers and candidates are paired together. The students then role-play the job interview asking and answering the questions. The interviewer’s task is to decide if the candidate is right for the job. The candidate’s task is to find out as much information as possible to decide if they want the job.

The Job Interview.PDF

 

Questions Tic Tac Toe - Wh- Questions

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

Reinforce your students' knowledge of what, when, where, why and how questions with this fun and imaginative teaching activity. Students are divided into four teams and shown a large Tic Tac Toe grid with a different question word in each square. Teams have to ask and answer questions using the question words in the squares. Teams win squares by asking questions correctly. The first team to get three squares in a row wins.

Questions Tic Tac Toe.PDF

 

Teaching activities for asking questions are available on the pages below:

Free time

Introductions & Socializing

Likes and Dislikes

Past Simple Questions

Present Simple Questions

Question Tags

 
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