Asking Questions - ESL EFL Teaching Resources
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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.
Get the Right Answer
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 can practice asking and answering yes/no questions in the present simple, present continuous and/or future with going to. 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.
Information Line Up
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
Teaching students to communicate effectively is very important. This ESL 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.
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.
Questions for Me
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.
That's the Right Answer
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes
Through this entertaining group activity, students learn how 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.
The Job Interview
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 question is ...
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
This pairwork activity can be used to review of wh- questions. The class is divided into pairs and each student is given a corresponding worksheet (A or B). Student A starts by reading out the first answer on their worksheet. Student B listens and tries to guess the question which is on Student A’s worksheet in brackets. If Student B guesses incorrectly, they keep trying until they manage to guess the question correctly. Student B then reads out their first answer and Student A tries to guess the question which is on Student B’s worksheet. The students continue to take turns until all the questions have been guessed.
What's the question?
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.