Monday, 05 December 2016

Past Simple Questions - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Did you...?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this captivating teaching activity, students practice asking and answering past simple yes/no questions. Each student is given a worksheet. Students begin by writing down the past simple yes/no questions that they need to ask in the activity. The class is then told that they must find one student who did each activity on their worksheet and write down his or her name. Students move around the room asking each other the questions. When a student gets a positive answer, he or she writes down the student’s name. Students also ask a follow-up question before moving on to someone else. Finally, students share the most interesting things they found out with the whole class.

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Do you remember?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This is a good introduction activity to practice asking and answering past simple questions about past events. This worksheet is ideal for lower-level students. The students go round the class asking 'When did you last...?' questions to their classmates. The students also ask for additional information by asking follow-up questions. After the activity, there is a class feedback session. The students share any interesting information that they found out with the class.

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My Last Holiday

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 45 Minutes

In this engaging teaching activity, students dictate a text to a partner and then ask and answer past simple questions about their last holiday. The teacher sticks a running dictation text onto the wall outside the classroom. The students are put into pairs, one student is the 'writer' and the other is the 'reader'. The readers run to the text, read it and then return and dictate what they read to their partner. When they have finished, the students check their text. Next, each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students complete past simple questions about the text. Students then use the questions to write notes about their own holiday in a chart on their worksheet. After that, they ask three other students about their last holiday and complete the other columns in the chart. As a follow up, the students write a paragraph about their last holiday.

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Places

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this enjoyable card game, students ask each other past simple yes/no questions in order to find out the name of a place on a card. The class is divided into groups of four and given a set of cards. On each card is the name of a place. Each group of four is then split into two teams (A and B). Team A starts by taking a card from the top of the pile. Team B tries to find out what place is on the card by asking Team A past simple yes/no questions. For example, Did you watch a movie? Did you buy a phone? If Team A answers 'Yes, we did', Team B can say what they think is on the card or ask another yes/no question to confirm what they think is the right answer. If they guess correctly, they win the card. Team B can ask a maximum of ten questions per card. Then, it is Team B's turn to take a card and Team A's turn to ask the questions. They continue like this until all the cards have been used. The team with the highest number of cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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The Honeymoon

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This enjoyable gap fill activity offers extensive practice of past simple questions. The class is divided into two groups (A and B). Each group is given a slightly different past simple gap fill text about a honeymoon to Thailand. Students work together with the people in their group and write down the past simple questions they need to ask to complete the missing information in their text. Students then pair off with someone from the other group. The students ask their partner the questions they have prepared and complete the text.

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The Past

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students guess the things that people did at different times in the past. Students use past simple yes/no questions to find out the information. Students are grouped together in threes. Each group is provided with a set of verb cards, which are divided out equally. Each student thinks of times in the past when he or she did the actions marked on their cards. The students write the past simple form of the verb on each card. When they have done that, they write a time expression showing when the event happened. The students put all of the cards in a line according to when they happened with the event that happened the longest time ago at one end and the most recent event at the other end. Afterwards, students take it in turns to go along the line, guessing what their group members did according to the verb and time marked on the cards.

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What did you do?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This engaging speaking game helps students to practice asking and answering questions using verbs in the past simple tense. Two team leaders are chosen and each leader is given a verbs list. The leaders stand at opposite sides of the room with the rest of the class in the middle. The two team leaders take it in turns to think of a question that will get an answer using the chosen past simple verb from the list. The leader then asks the past simple question to one of the students in the middle of the class. If the chosen student answers correctly, using the verb in the past simple tense that student comes over to the leader and joins their team. Every time a student joins a team, they become the new team leader. They work with the old team leader to think of the next question. The team with the most members at the end of the game wins.

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What did you do last night?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this innovative teaching activity, students try to guess what their classmates did last night by asking past simple yes/no questions. To begin, the class is separated into small groups. Each group is handed a set of picture cards. The picture cards show what the students did last night. The students take it in turns to pick up a card. The other students try to guess what the student holding the card did last night using the past simple question form 'Did you…?' When a student guesses correctly, they keep the picture card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

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What did your classmates do last week?

ESL EFL Speaking and Writing Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this engaging speaking activity, students practice asking and answering past simple questions about what they did last week. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students go around the class asking past simple yes/no questions to their classmates. When they find someone who answers 'Yes, I did', they write the student's name down on their worksheet and ask a follow-up past simple question. Afterwards, students tell the class about what their classmates did last week.

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When was the last time...?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

You can use this ESL speaking activity to teach your students how to ask and answer questions in the past simple tense. The students are told that they are going to interview each other about things they did in the past. Individually, students write down the past simple questions they want to ask using verbs, picture prompts and question words from their worksheet. The students then take it in turns to ask and answer questions with a partner about the last time they did the activities on their worksheet. When they have finished, the students tell the class about their partner. Alternatively, students could write about their partner’s activities.

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When you were a kid

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this useful teaching activity, students use the past simple tense to interview a partner about when they were a child. Students are divided into pairs. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students then interview their partner. They ask each other three questions for each topic on their sheet. The first two questions deal with the past. The last question talks about the present. Students write their partner's answers on the worksheet. When everyone has finished, students tell the class about their partner's childhood.

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Where did they go?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this practical speaking activity, students ask and answer questions in the past simple tense to complete missing information in a chart. The students are divided into pairs and each student is given part of the worksheet. The students take it in turns to ask past simple questions to their partner to complete the missing information in the chart on their worksheet.

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Where were you...?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

Here is a fun activity for teaching students how to ask and answer past simple questions using the verb to be. The teacher starts by asking the students to write sentences in the past simple tense to describe where they were at certain times yesterday. The students are then separated into pairs and given a worksheet. The students take it in turns to interview each other about where they were at certain times in the past. When the students have finished, there is a class feedback session. After that, students write past simple sentences about their partner’s whereabouts at the listed times.

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Who did what?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this fun class activity, students make guesses about what activities their classmates did recently. The students then find out if their guesses were right or wrong by asking past simple yes/no questions. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by guessing which of their classmates did each of the activities on the worksheet. Students complete the sentences on their worksheet by writing the names of their classmates in the appropriate spaces, e.g. Sophia got up before seven o’clock this morning. When the students have completed all the sentences, they find out if their guesses were right or wrong. They do this by walking around the class and asking past simple yes/no questions to the people they wrote on their worksheet, e.g. Sophia, did you get up before seven o’clock this morning? If a classmate responds with ‘Yes, I did’, the student puts a tick in the box next to the sentence. If a student replies with ‘No, I didn’t’, the student puts a cross. The student with the most correct guesses is the winner.

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Your Last Holiday

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this delightful teaching activity, students use the past simple to find out about a classmate's previous holiday. The students are told that they are going to ask and answer past simple questions in order to find out about each other’s last holiday. Students start by completing information on a worksheet about their last holiday. The students are then divided into pairs. They ask each other past simple questions and complete the information about their partner's holiday on their worksheet. When everyone has finished, students present their partner’s last holiday to the class.

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Past Simple Question Time

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This entertaining card game is great for practicing past simple questions. Students play in groups of six. Each player is given a student worksheet and each group is given a set of answer cards. The object of the game is to make a past simple question that matches the word or phrase on an answer card. Player 1 begins by taking an answer card and reading it aloud. The other players in the group race to make a past simple question using a question word from their student worksheet to match the word or phrase read out. The first player to do this correctly wins the answer card and crosses off the question word on their worksheet. Then, it's the next player’s turn to take an answer card and read it aloud. The first player to cross off all their question words wins the game.

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Speech Bubbles

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

This is a great activity for teaching students how to ask and answer past simple yes/no questions. First, students complete a set of questions and write their answers randomly in ten speech bubbles. The students then pair up and swap worksheets. Students take it in turns to ask past simple yes/no questions beginning with 'Did you...?' in order to find out why their partner has written the words in the speech bubbles.  When a student replies 'Yes, I did', the student puts a tick next to the bubble and the other student gets to ask a question. At the end of the activity, students report back to the class on the most interesting things they found out about their partner.

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The First Time

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

This speaking activity teaches students to use the past simple tense with time expressions to talk about experiences earlier in life. This teaching activity also promotes conversation about the experiences. The questions are designed to jog students’ memories about events in the past so it is more appropriate for older students. In pairs, students take it in turns to ask each other 'When was the first time you...?' questions. They write their partner's responses on a worksheet and ask each other follow-up questions in order to help develop a conversation about the event. When everyone has finished, the students form new pairs. They ask questions using the third-person to talk about their new partner's former partner. As an extension, students write a short biographical account about their partner based on their experiences. These can be read to the class.

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Where did I see you?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this enjoyable speaking game, students make past simple yes/no questions in order to find out where they saw other people last night. Students work together in groups of six. Each group member is handed a card. The cards show what each of them did last night. At some point in the evening, each student met the other members of the group. The object of the game is for each player to work out where he or she saw the other group members. To do this, they use the information on their card and ask each other past simple yes/no questions until they find a place that they both have in common. When they find the place, they write the other person’s name next to the place on their card. The first group to work out where everyone saw everyone else wins the game.

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Do you remember?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

This is a good introduction activity for intermediate students to practice talking about past events. The students ask and answer 'When did you last...?' questions and practice asking for additional information by asking follow-up questions using the past simple tense. When the students have finished, they share what they found out with the class.

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Comments  

#6 Cecilia 2015-03-30 17:16
Useful... Love it!!!!!
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#5 Cecilia 2015-03-30 17:15
Love it!!!!!!! useful.. Thanks!!!!
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#4 Admin 2015-03-17 13:35
Thanks. You're welcome Irma.
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#3 Irma 2015-03-16 21:06
Very nice activities and lots of creativity. Thanks for sharing.
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#2 Admin 2015-02-27 04:41
I'm glad you find the materials helpful. We are adding new teaching resources every day.
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#1 RAQUEL 2015-02-27 01:53
Excellent materials. Helps a lot with ideas for a variety of classes. Thank you.
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