Saturday, 27 August 2016

Introductions and Giving Personal Information - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

First Class Interview and Introductions

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 1 Hour

Here is an ideal activity for the first day of class. In the activity, students interview and then introduce their partner to the class. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by creating interview questions to ask their partner. The first five questions on the worksheet have been done for them. The students work individually to create five more interview questions. When they have finished, they take it in turns to ask and answer their questions, noting down their partner's answers on the worksheet. Using their notes, the students then complete an introductory text about their partner, which they present to the class.

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Interview Question Words

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this comprehensive teaching activity, students learn how to use Wh- question words to ask interview questions. Students start by completing questions on a worksheet with question words. Then, in pairs, students take it in turns to ask and answer the questions, noting down their partner's answers on their worksheet. When the students have finished, they tell the class a few things about their partner.

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Introducing your Friend

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This compelling activity helps you to teach your students ways to greet and introduce someone. Students begin by reading a dialogue based on greeting and introducing people. Students then answer some comprehension questions about the language. In groups of three, students create a similar dialogue introducing a friend, which they present to the class.

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Introducing your Friend to the Class

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 1 Hour

Here is an engaging activity to use on the first day of class. Students are presented with an introduction gap-fill text. Students read through the text and write down the 12 questions they need to ask their partner to complete the text. Then, the students take it in turns to ask the questions to their partner and complete the spaces with their partner's information. Afterwards, they use the text to introduce their friend to the class.

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Introductions and Polite Conversation

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 1 Hour +

This extensive lesson helps students to learn how to make introductions and polite conversation. Students begin by learning how to introduce themselves formally and informally. Students also learn how to ask questions about where someone is from, whether they have brothers or sisters and asking about someone's favourite things. In addition, there are two speaking activities. In the first activity, students work in pairs and practice introductions and giving personal information. In the second activity, students ask and answer questions in the third person using the target language from the lesson.

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Meeting People

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this fun speaking activity, students practice meeting people and introductions. To begin, the teacher elicits some expressions for introducing yourself and others. The teacher then models some example dialogues with the students. After that, the class is divided into groups of eight. Each student is given an identity card and a task card. The students assume the identity of the person on their card. Their task is to find the two people on their task card and introduce them to each other. All the names and jobs are very similar, so the students have to check they have the right two people. The students go round asking each other’s name and job until they find the two people who are to be introduced. Then, they introduce the two people to each other using the expressions the teacher covered at the start of the activity.

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Portraits

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this creative teaching activity, students find out the names of other members of the class. Each student is given a worksheet containing 12 blank picture frames. Students sit in a circle and draw a portrait of themselves in one of the picture frames on their worksheet. The students then give their worksheet to the person who is sitting on their left. Students draw themselves again anywhere on the worksheet they have just received. Then, they pass the worksheet to the person on their left. This process is repeated until the students receive the worksheet they started with. The students then try to identify their classmates from their portraits. They must also find out their names and introduce themselves using a given dialogue.

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The People You Meet

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students practice asking and answering personal information questions. The class is divided into groups of eight and each student is given an identity card and worksheet. The students now take on the role of the person on their identity card. The students go round their group and fill in their worksheet by asking one another personal information questions. They ask and answer the questions with the people in their group and complete their worksheet with information about the other students’ identities.

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Getting to Know You

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

Here is a great activity for the first day of class that you can use with more advanced students. In the activity, students practice writing personal information questions using a variety of structures and tenses. The students then ask and answer the questions with their classmates. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students look at the personal information statements (1 to 15) at the top of their worksheet and write the questions they need to ask in order to find out the information, e.g. What is your earliest memory? After the questions have been checked, the students move around the classroom asking and answering their questions with as many different classmates as possible. Students complete each statement with a classmate’s answer, e.g. Sophia’s earliest memory is feeding ducks in the park. When the students have completed all the sentences, they share what they found out about each other in small groups and then with the class. For smaller classes, the students work in pairs. The students ask and answer the questions with a partner and complete the statements with their answers. When they have finished, students present their partner’s information to the class.

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My Partner

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this insightful speaking activity, students ask personal information questions. The activity gives students practice at asking Wh-questions to find out information about their partner. Students also practice using reported speech when giving feedback to the class. This activity works well with older students. The students are divided into pairs and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students take it in turns to ask personal information questions and fill in a form. Afterwards, pairs of students come to the front and use reported speech to tell the class a few things about their partner.

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Personal Information Worksheet

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

Here is a fun activity to use with a new class. It helps students get to know each other. In pairs, students interview each other and write their partner's information on a worksheet. When everyone has finished their interviews, two pairs of students are put together and the students introduce their partner to the other pair. Students listen and ask follow-up questions to gain more information.

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True or False

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 35 Minutes

Here is an enjoyable ice-breaker game for intermediate students. In the game, students take it in turns to give personal information to their classmates. The other students listen to each statement and ask questions to the student in order to find out if the statement is true or false. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students complete ten personal information statements. Five of the statements must be true and five must be false. They indicate which statement is which by putting a tick for true or a cross for false in a table under the statements. The students are then divided into groups of four. They take it in turns to read their ten statements. The other students listen and ask the student questions to gain more information. Individually, the other students then decide if the statement is true or false by marking their answer in the table. When a student has read all ten statements, he/she tells the other students which were true and which were false. Students score one point for each correct guess. The student with the highest grand total at the end of game is the winner.

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Comments  

#6 Admin 2015-11-26 15:13
If our activities help you and your students, we must be doing something right. Thanks for your nice comments. They are very appreciated.
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#5 dian 2015-10-20 13:45
Thank you so much. I find the exercises are interesting and help me teach better.
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#4 jon 2015-09-30 14:36
Thank you so much for these wonderful worksheets and introduction activities. They will help me a lot with a class I will be beginning soon.
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#3 Modo Diana 2015-08-25 08:59
Thank you for these sample exercises. I have students who have a certain level of understanding of grammar, but it is very difficult to get them to practice speaking. These exercises are very useful.
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#2 Admin 2015-05-07 10:33
You're welcome Abdulloh
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#1 abdulloh 2015-04-21 00:45
Thanks so much. Theses activities are very useful for me in teaching my students.
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