Monday, 05 December 2016

Present Simple Questions - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

A Day in the Life of a Football Player

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students complete a text about the daily routine of a football player by asking and answering present simple questions. To begin the activity, the class is separated into two groups (A and B). Each group is given a slightly different present simple gap-fill text. Students work together with the people in their group and write down the present simple questions they need to ask to complete the gaps in the text. Students then pair off with someone from the other group. The students ask their partner the questions they have prepared and fill in the gaps on their worksheet.

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Asking about Daily Routines

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this engaging teaching activity, students ask and answer present simple yes/no questions about their daily routine and the daily routine of someone they know. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. In one column, the students write the time they do an activity and in another column they write what they do. They also complete the daily routine of someone they know. The students write this part using the third-person singular. Then, in pairs, students read their partner's time from the worksheet and try to guess what they do at that time of day, using the present simple yes/no question form 'Do you...?' When their partner gives a positive reply, they move on to the next activity. In the second part of the activity, students repeat the procedure using the third-person singular.

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At the Party

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this enjoyable speaking activity, students learn how to ask present simple questions about personal information. The class is divided into groups of four and each student is given a worksheet. The students are told that they are at a party and that they are going to meet new people. The teacher then elicits the present simple questions the students need to ask to complete their worksheet. The students then go round asking and answering present simple questions to their group members in order to complete a chart of personal information about each person they meet.

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Do you know me?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this fun pairwork activity, students ask and answer present simple yes/no questions. The class is divided into pairs and each student is given a worksheet. The students complete ten present simple yes/no questions covering different categories. When they have finished, each student decides if their partner would reply yes or no to each question. They write their guesses in a yes/no column on their worksheet. Students then take it in turns to ask and answer the questions with their partner. When they have finished, students tally up their scores to see who got the most correct guesses.

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Find Me

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

In this comprehensive teaching activity, students practice asking and answering present simple questions with the verb to be and do. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by completing 20 present simple questions with the correct form of the verb to be or do. After the questions have been checked, the students answer each question by writing a complete short answer using the correct form. The students then submit their worksheet to the teacher.  The teacher redistributes the worksheets, making sure students don’t receive their original worksheet back. The students then have to find out who their new worksheet belongs to by asking questions to their classmates. The students go round asking and answering the present simple questions with different classmates until they find the student whose answers match the ones on their worksheet. Finally, students use some of the information on their worksheet to write a paragraph about their classmate using the third person. Students then read their paragraphs to the class.

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Find Someone Who…

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this insightful speaking activity, students practice asking and answering present simple yes/no questions in order to find out information about their classmates. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The teacher reviews present simple yes/no questions and short answers by going through the first question with the class. The students then walk around and ask each other present simple yes/no questions in order to complete their worksheet. When a classmate responds appropriately, the student notes down their name on the worksheet and asks follow-up questions. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out about their classmates.

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Information Exchange

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

You can use this impressive activity to teach your students how to ask and answer present simple questions in the third-person. Students exchange information about four different people in order to complete a chart. The students are split into pairs and each student is given one part of the worksheet. The pair takes it in turns to ask and answer present simple questions using the third-person singular to complete their chart.

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Information Gathering

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this speaking activity, students find out information about their classmates by asking and answering present simple questions about routine activities. Each student is given a card. Students are responsible for finding the answer to the question on their card by speaking to everybody in the class or group. Students go round the class asking and answering their questions. When they have spoken to everybody, students take it in turns to report back to the class on the information they found out.

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Is it true?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this thought-provoking activity, students ask present simple yes/no questions in order to find out if certain statements are true or false about the class. Each student is given a sentence strip. The students have to find out if their sentence is true or false by interviewing the other students in the class. Students prepare their present simple question and then start interviewing their classmates. Students put ticks or crosses on their slip of paper as they interview the other students. Once they have enough information, they will know if the statement is true or false. When the students have finished, the class thinks whether each statement will be true or false before the correct answer is given by the student.

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Just a Normal Day

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this present simple teaching activity, students work in pairs and ask each other questions about their daily routine. One student interviews their partner and writes their partner's answers on a worksheet. The students then swap roles. When both students have finished, they compare their lifestyles and look for similarities and differences. As an extension, students write a paragraph about their partner using the present simple.

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Likewise

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

This memorable activity helps to teach students how to ask and answer present simple Wh- questions. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by completing present simple sentences about themselves. The students then work in pairs and write down questions that correspond to the sentences they wrote. Students write Wh- questions in the present simple under their sentences. When the students have finished writing, they move round the classroom asking and answering the questions. When they find someone who has the same answer as them, they say, "Likewise" and write down the student’s name. The students try to talk to as many different people as possible and ask follow-up questions. At the end of the activity, students discuss their findings with the whole class.

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Put it together

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Here is a fun speaking activity to help students with question formation. The aim of the activity is to get students asking and answering present simple Wh- questions. The class is split into groups of three and each group is given a set of question cards. Students take it in turns to ask each other present simple questions by adding do, does or the verb to be to the question on the card. The other two students respond in turn. Students are encouraged to ask for and give as much information as possible. Once the question has been answered, the next student takes a card and so on. When the students have finished, they give feedback to the class on some of their answers.

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True or False Board Game

ESL EFL Reading and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this fun board game, students practice asking and answering present simple questions about daily routines and habits. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a dice, a copy of the game board, a set of true or false cards, and counters. The students then take turns throwing the dice and moving their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, he/she picks a true or false card at random and looks at it without showing it to anyone. The student on their right then asks the player a present simple question from the prompt on the square. The player gives a true or false answer accordingly in the form of a sentence. If a player lands on a question mark square, the student on the right can ask any present simple question they like. All the students, including the one that asked the question, guess whether the player’s answer is true or false. The player then reveals the answer. Each student receives one point for a correct guess. Then the next player throws the dice and so on. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Yes/No Question Game

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this engaging teaching activity, students practice forming present simple yes/no questions and giving short answers. The class is divided into two even groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding A or B worksheet. The students then make teams of three or four with people from the same group. In their teams, students work together to form as many different present simple yes/no questions as possible from the words on their worksheet. One student in each team writes the questions. All the questions start with 'do' or 'does'. After a time limit has been reached, e.g. five minutes, the teams stop writing. Each team then pairs up with an opposing team (A and B). Teams then take it in turns to ask their questions to each other. A different student must ask and answer each time. For every grammatically correct question a team asks, they get two points. For every correct short answer the other team gives, they get one point. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Finding a Roommate

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

For this speaking activity, students have to establish their own criteria for a compatible roommate. The students then ask and answer present simple questions to their classmates to find the best candidate. Each student has to find a compatible person to share an apartment with by asking a range of present simple yes/no questions and completing a survey form. When they have finished their survey, they add up the check marks to see which classmate would be their most suitable roommate.

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Mistakes, Mistakes

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

In this insightful teaching activity, students correct present simple questions and then interview a partner. In the interview, students ask and answer present simple questions about a friend using the third-person. The class is split into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Students work together with someone in their group and find six grammatically incorrect questions on their worksheet. After that, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students take it in turns to check their corrections with their partner who also has the answer key. Students then interview each other about a friend using the present simple questions on their worksheets.

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Present Simple Questions Practice

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this supplementary worksheet, students practice writing present simple yes/no and Wh- questions. The students begin by making present simple yes/no questions from a set of answers. Then, the students do the same, but this time they also include Wh- questions as the answers are mixed. Finally, students write the questions asked in an interview by looking at the interviewee's answers.

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Question Time

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is a fast-paced speaking game to help students practice making present simple questions. In groups of four, students take it in turns to pick up a card and ask as many present simple questions as they can about the topic on the card in one minute. Students win a point for each present simple question they ask relating to the topic. Each question they ask must be answered by someone in the group, before they can ask another question. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Comments  

#4 Pinar 2016-10-05 17:50
Great ideas,great help.Thank you for your valuable work and sharing with us.
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#3 Admin 2015-03-17 13:45
Thanks Maria and Sofia. Happy to help.
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#2 Maria Inés 2015-03-10 00:57
great, for follow up tasks! thanks
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#1 Sofia 2015-03-10 00:35
Thanks so much for this material !!!!
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