Thursday, 27 October 2016

Countries and Nationalities - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Around the World

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

In this compelling crossword activity, students complete a crossword by describing and guessing different countries. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Both groups have the same crossword, but Group A has the words across and Group B has the words down. Working with the people in their group, students invent and write down clues for the countries on their crossword such as the geographical location of the country, what the country is famous for, what the capital city is called, etc. When the students have finished writing, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words. Their partner reads out the clue for that word and the other student tries to guess the name of the country. If the student guesses the country successfully, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they compare their answers.

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Capitals and Countries

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This challenging teaching activity helps students to remember the capital cities of numerous countries. The class is split into groups of three. The students separate country cards and capital cards into two piles. The two card piles are then spread out face down on the table. The first student chooses one card from each pile and shows the two cards to the group. The student then makes a sentence using the two cards, e.g. Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. If the statement is true, the student keeps the two cards. If it is not true, the student puts them back in the same place they came from. The students must try to remember the location of the cards in order to win the game. The student who has the most pairs of cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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Countries and Nationalities Bingo

ESL EFL Listening and Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this fun class activity, students play a game of bingo in which they practice nationalities and the names of countries. Each student is given a bingo card. The teacher calls out a nationality at random. If a student has the corresponding country on their card, they cross it out. The first student to cross off all the countries on their card wins the game and shouts Bingo! As an extension, the class can be divided into groups of three or four to play a second game amongst themselves.

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Countries and Nationalities Worksheet

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This supplementary worksheet helps students to learn about various countries and nationalities. Each student is handed a copy of the worksheet. First, the students write the country of each nationality on their worksheet. Then the students separate the nationalities according to their suffixes. This is followed by two pairwork teaching activities. First, one student says a country and his or her partner says the corresponding nationality. Finally, students pretend to be a different nationality and their partner asks questions to find out what country they are from.

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Countries Word Search

ESL EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 15 Minutes

In this entertaining worksheet, students have to find 24 countries in a word search. This word search can be used to review spelling of countries. An answer key is provided.

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Invent a Country

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

This interesting activity teaches students basic information about countries. The teacher sets the scene and tells the students that they come from a planet called 'Merth'. Merth is made up of many islands separated by a great ocean. The people from the different island countries have never met each other until today! First, the students invent a new country and complete information about their country on a worksheet. The students include things like greetings, language, taboos, population, music, laws, etc. When they have completed the information, they go round and meet people from the other countries. The students ask and answer questions and complete information about two other countries on their worksheet. When everyone has finished, there is a class feedback session to find out about the various countries of Merth.

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Let's go East

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This teaching activity has students assume the identities of people from different countries in Asia. The activity teaches students information about twelve countries. The students learn about the nationalities, capital cities, presidents/prime ministers, and languages of these countries. Students work in groups of twelve. Six students act as representatives of the various Asian countries. The other students are visitors to the countries. The representatives read an introductory text to each visitor to their country. The visitors must listen for specific information given by the representative in order to answer questions. After that, the representatives ask a series of questions to the visitors about their nationality and identity.

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ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 15 Minutes

Here is a useful worksheet for teaching nationalities. Students complete a list of sentences by writing the name of the country for each nationality. An answer key is provided.

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Nice to meet you

ESL EFL Speaking and Writing Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

Here is an excellent speaking activity for teaching traditional names, countries and national languages. In this activity, students also learn how to introduce themselves. Each student is given an identity card containing a traditional name, country and language. Using the information on the card, the students practice a dialogue where they are introducing themselves to another person. Each student is then given a copy of the worksheet. The students take on the identity of the person on their card. They go around the classroom and meet all the other people in the class. As they are talking, they write down the name, country and language of the person they are speaking to.

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Where do I come from?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this group activity, students play a guessing game to practice countries and nationalities. Each group of three is given a set of cards. Students take turns to pick up a card and make three sentences. The sentences give clues to the continent, currency and capital city of the country. The other students listen and try to work out which country and nationality is being described. The first student in the group to guess the answer, giving both the country and the nationality, wins the card. The winner is the student with the most cards at the end of the game.

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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 25 Minutes

This impressive describing game teaches students to talk about where different things come from. Each pair of students is given a set of cards. The cards contain names of famous companies, types of food, animals, etc. Students take it in turns to pick up a card. The student who picks up the card tries to explain what is on the card without saying the name. The first clue must be about the nationality, e.g. It is Australian. The other student then tries to guess the answer. If the student guesses correctly, he/she wins points. If not, their partner gives another clue. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Scrambled Countries

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

This pairwork activity focuses on the spelling of countries and capital cities. Students work in pairs. Each pair is given a worksheet. The students unscramble each word on the worksheet to discover the name of a country. Then, the students write the name of the capital city of that country. Students score points for each correct country and capital city.

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A New Country

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this inventive teaching activity, small groups of students create a new country made up of the best things from five other countries. Students decide on a name for their country as well as the climate, food, culture, people, scenery, standard of living, natural resources, capital and political system. When they have finished writing their ideas, the students present their new country to the rest of the class.

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#15 anna 2016-08-06 12:35
Very clever ideas. Thank you for sharing.
#14 Admin 2016-07-27 15:39
Thanks everyone for your kind comments. It means a lot.
#13 victoria 2016-07-11 16:25
Thank you sooo muchhh these ideas are great, thanks for sharing
#12 Dale 2016-07-08 19:25
These games are great, we are using these again this year for our english summer courses. Very clear and well set out. Purchasing the resources is highly recommended. Dale and Marta in Slovakia
#11 ruby 2016-05-31 14:00
The ideas are just amazing. Thanks a lot
#10 Admin 2015-11-26 15:32
Thanks for the nice comments everyone. Much appreciated :)
#9 Verónica 2015-09-05 19:07
Thank you so much for sharing these creative, fun and ready to use activities!
#8 Jill 2015-08-17 07:23
#7 joan 2015-07-02 15:08
Really helpful. Keep up the great work
#6 faith maragua 2015-06-16 03:10
Thanks a lot for these exercises. They are of great help. Just what I needed. I'm an English teacher in Thailand.

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