ESL Yes/No Questions Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary and above - 25 minutes
This entertaining ESL game is useful for revising or practicing yes/no questions and short answers. Tell the students that they are going to ask yes/no questions to one another. Ask the students to write a variety of yes/no questions and set the number of questions they should write, according to the number of people in the class. When the students have finished, seat the students in a horseshoe shape and put a chair in the middle facing the horseshoe. Draw two columns on the board, one with a happy face heading and one with a sad face heading. Write the words, 'Yes', 'No' and 'Laugh' next to the two columns and then cross the words out. Demonstrate the game by sitting in the chair and telling the students to each ask you a yes/no question going from one end of the horseshoe to the other. Explain that the students' task is to ask you questions that will make you use the words 'yes' or 'no', or make you laugh. Your job is to answer the questions without saying yes or no. Smiling is allowed, but not laughing! Next, it's the students' turn to play. In turn, each student sits in the chair and tries to survive a question from each classmate, without saying yes or no, or laughing. If a student manages to do this, write their name under the happy face. If not, put their name under the sad face.