Asking Questions - ESL EFL Teaching Resources
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 10 Minutes
This amusing speaking activity is useful for teaching question and answer structures. The aim is to delay the answer to a question until the next question is asked. Students work in pairs. Both students are given a different set of questions. One student asks their questions to their partner and he or she 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, and so on. When all the questions have been asked, the students swap roles. The first pair to finish both sets of questions is the winner.
Get the Right Answer
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
This fun ESL speaking task helps students to master yes/no questions with the verb to be and do as well as short answers with auxiliaries. Students also practice asking and answering yes/no questions in the present simple, present continuous and future with going to. To start, the class is split into groups of four and given a set of answer cards. The cards are dealt out evenly. The first player picks one of his or her cards and thinks of a question that will yield the answer on the card. He or she then directs the question to another player. If the other player gives the same short answer that is on the card, the player wins and can get rid of the card. Players take turns proceeding in this way. The first player to get rid of all of his or her cards wins the game.
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Information Line Up
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this enjoyable teaching activity, students have to line up in teams as quickly as possible according to a series of instructions. The students ask each other questions to establish the correct line up. The class is divided into large even teams. The students line up in their teams according to the criteria you choose. To complete each task, the students need to ask each other questions. The first team to complete each task wins points. The team with the most points at the end wins.
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this intriguing activity, students practice asking questions to find out details about an opening statement. The class is put into groups of six. Each group comprises of two teams. Students take it in turns to be the person to give an opening statement and to reply using short imaginary answers. The other team gets two minutes to find out as many further details as possible by asking as many questions as they can. Teams get one point for each question. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
Questions for Me
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes
This captivating teaching activity gives students practice at asking and answering questions using different question structures. The students are put into large groups and each student is given a worksheet. Each student writes their name at the top of the paper and then gives their sheet to the person sitting on their left. This person thinks of a question that they would like to ask the student whose name is at the top of the worksheet. They write their question on the worksheet by completing one of the unfinished questions. The activity is repeated until the students receive the worksheet with their name at the top. The students then go round the class, find each of the students who wrote a question for them and answer it.
That's the Right Answer
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes
In this entertaining group activity, students practice asking Wh-questions in various 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 begins by picking up a card and asking a question that will make someone 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 student with the highest number of points at the end is the winner.
The Job Interview
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes
In this teaching activity, students create job interview questions. Then, the students role-play a job interview and practice asking and answering the questions. 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 the prompts on their worksheet to create job interview questions. The interviewers and candidates are paired together. After that, the students 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 is great for reviewing 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. Student B then reads out their first answer and Student A tries to guess the question. The students continue to take turns until all the questions have been guessed. Alternatively, you can make the activity more competitive by seeing which student can complete all the questions in the fastest possible time.
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What's the question?
ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this teaching activity, students review question forms. Before class, prepare a list of answers to questions you want to review. The activity revolves around a game where the students are given an answer and they have to race 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 question?" The first player to respond with the correct question wins a point for his or her team. Then, two new players come to the front of the class for a new round, and so on. The team with the most points at the end is the winner.
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