Monday, 05 December 2016

Free Time, Hobbies and Sports - ESL EFL Activities, Games, Worksheets and Lessons

Can you remember?

ESL EFL Speaking and Memory Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this memory game, students have to remember free time activities, the places the free time activities are done and the objects used to do each activity. Each student is given an activity card. The students walk round and form a group of three with students who have a matching free time activity. Each group should consist of a student with a free time activity card, a student with a card for the place where the activity is done, and the other student should have the object that is used to do the free time activity. When everyone is happy with the groups they have formed, the students listen to each group and try to remember what each group says. The groups then identify the free time activity, place and objects used to the rest of the class. After that, the groups complete a table with the information they remember about each activity, scoring a point for each correct answer.

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Common Interests

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this enjoyable pairwork activity, students write and talk about free time activities and sports using the verbs: play, go and do. Students also practice present simple questions and frequency adverbs and expressions. The students are divided into pairs and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students ask and answer questions with their partner to find five free time activities or sports that they both do on a daily or weekly basis. When they have finished, the pairs write five sentences about the free time activities they have in common using frequency adverbs and expressions. Each pair of students then goes around reading their sentences to other pairs, omitting the frequency adverbs and expressions. The other pairs write down one sentence for each pair they listen to. When they have finished, the students sit down and guess how often each pair of students do their free time activity or sport by adding in a frequency adverb or expression to each sentence. Pairs then check their answers by reading their sentences to the students they listened to. The pair with the most correct guesses wins the game.

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Connections

ESL EFL Speaking and Matching Activity - Elementary - 50 Minutes

This teaching activity is composed of four parts. Each group of three is given a set of free time activity cards. In the first part of the activity, students make connections between the various sports and hobbies on the cards. Students take it in turns to pick up two cards and say how the activities are similar, e.g. You use a racket in both sports. Part two teaches the students the verbs associated with the free-time activities. They put the activities into three columns according to the verb that is used with each activity: play, go or do. In part three, the students play a pelmanism game to reinforce their knowledge of the verbs. Finally, the students ask each other questions based on the cards and develop conversations about sports and hobbies.

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Free Time

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 45 Minutes

This comprehensive lesson teaches students how to ask and answer questions about free time activities, sports and hobbies. In the lesson, students use vocabulary and expressions to complete a set of questions and answers about free time activities. The students then use the questions and answers to make a conversation in pairs. Finally, the students present their conversations to the class.

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Free Time Collocations Pelmanism Game

ESL EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

Here is an entertaining card game to help you teach free-time collocations. In the activity, students match the verbs play, go, take and do with free time activities, sports and hobbies. Each pair of students is given a set of verb cards and free time activity cards. The verbs are play, go, take and do. The students spread out the two sets of cards face down on the table. They take it in turns to turn over one verb card and one free time activity card. If the verb and activity match, the student keeps the cards and earns a point. Students play until all the collocations have been matched. The student with the highest score at the end of the game is the winner.

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Free Time Mime

ESL EFL Miming Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Here is a fun miming game to help students practice vocabulary for free time activities and sports. In groups of four, students take it in turns to take an activity card and mime the activity for the other students to guess. The first student to correctly guess the free time activity or sport gets to keep the card. Play then continues with the next student picking up a card and miming the activity until all of the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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Free Time Interview

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students interview their classmates about their favourite sports, hobbies or free time activities. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students then go round the class asking and answering questions and completing a table with their findings.

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Free Time Likes and Dislikes

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this noteworthy teaching activity, students ask and answer present simple yes/no questions about hobbies, sports and other free time activities. The students ask and answer present simple yes/no questions with a partner in order to complete a chart of free time activities that people like and dislike. Then, the students answer questions based on the completed chart.

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Hobbies Taboo

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this entertaining teaching activity, students play a game of taboo where they have to describe and guess hobbies, sports and other free time activities. The aim of the game is for the player to get his/her teammates to say the hobby on a card, but the player cannot say the hobby or the other words on the card. The class is split into two teams. One player from the first team comes to the front of the class and is given a card. The player then tries to describe the hobby to his/her team without saying the hobby or using the three words on the card. In order to do this, the player has to be creative with his/her speaking skills and English vocabulary. If the team successfully guesses the hobby within one minute, they win a point. Then a player from the other team comes to the front and picks a card and so on. The winner is the team with the highest number of points at the end of the game.

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Leisure Activity Verbs

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 40 Minutes

In this comprehensive teaching activity, students learn about the verbs go, play and do and how to use them to talk about sports and free time activities. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students complete a set of questions by adding the appropriate verb go, play or do to each question. The students then identify what the sports and free time activities have in common when each verb is used. Students then complete a set of rules for using the verbs. After that, students write one follow-up question for each question. After that, students find a partner. They ask their partner the questions on their worksheet. When a partner answers yes to a question, the student asks his or her follow-up question. When they have finished interviewing each other, the students say what they learned about the student they interviewed.

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Sport and Exercise

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 40 Minutes

In this rewarding teaching activity, students learn sport and exercise collocations with go, play and do. Students also learn about places where people do sports. This activity also covers frequency adverbs and expressions. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by looking at 12 pictures of sports and activities on their worksheet. Students then write the verb and the name of the activity next to each picture, e.g. play golf, do weight-lifting, etc. The students then prepare some questions for each picture to find out who does each activity, where they do it and how often, e.g. Do you play golf? Where do you play golf? How often do you play golf? After that, each student is given an activity card. The card contains a picture of an activity, the place the activity is done and a frequency adverb or expression. Students move around the classroom asking their questions to find out who does each activity on their worksheet. When they find the person who does each activity, they write down his/her name. They then ask the person where he/she does the activity and how often. Students continue asking questions and moving round the class until they have completed their worksheet.

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Sports Time

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 45 Minutes

Here is an enjoyable lesson for elementary students. In the lesson, students learn about verbs associated with sports as well as other sports vocabulary. Students begin by matching sport verbs to pictures and then they complete sentences using the sport verbs. After that, students put other sport words into their correct category, e.g. sportswear, equipment, venue, etc. Finally, students choose their favourite team sport and complete sentences using the words they have learned. The students then take it in turns to read their sentences to the class. The class try to guess the team sports.

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What are my hobbies?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this enjoyable worksheet, students learn to talk about hobbies they like to do. Students begin by matching pictures to hobbies on their worksheet. Then, they read about three people and discuss which hobbies each person would enjoy. After that, the students choose two hobbies from Activity 1 that they would enjoy the most. The students use a set of expressions to complete sentences about themselves describing the two hobbies. The students then read their sentences to their classmates and they try to guess which two hobbies they chose. Finally, students tell the class about a new hobby they would you like to try and why.

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Your Free Time Activities

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 40 Minutes

This ESL activity helps you to teach your students how to ask and answer present simple questions about free time activities. Students use a set of questions, verbs, free time activities and time expressions to practice talking about what they do in their free time. Students then work in pairs and write a conversation. Finally, they present their conversation to the class.

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Which free time activity?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-Intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this fun speaking activity, students create yes/no questions in order to try to guess different sports, hobbies and other free time activities. First, pairs of students create yes / no questions in order to try to guess different free time activities. The students are then split into groups of four and each group is given a set of activity cards. The pairs of students play against each other. Each pair takes it in turn to pick up a free time activity card. The other pair asks up to ten yes/no questions to try to find out the free time activity on the card. Pairs are allowed one guess after each question. If a pair manages to guess the free time activity, they keep the card and score a point. The pair with the highest score at the end of the game is the winner.

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