# Asking Questions ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

### ESL Asking Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun asking and answering questions activity, students play a game where they line up in teams as quickly as possible, according to a series of instructions. To do this, students ask each other Wh questions to establish the correct line up. Divide the students into equal teams of six to eight. The students line up in their teams, according to the criteria you call out. For example, if the criteria was 'Line up as quickly as possible by age', the students need to ask each other the question 'How old are you?' The first team to line up correctly scores three points. The second team gets two points. The third team scores one point. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

### ESL Question and Answer Practice Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this free asking and answering questions activity, students complete questions with question words and then ask and answer the questions with a partner. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students look at the incomplete questions and read through the example short answers. The students then complete the questions with the question words at the top of the worksheet using the short answers to help them. When the students have finished, review the correct answers with the class. Next, divide the students into pairs. The students then take it in turns to ask each other the questions, writing down their partner's answers in the spaces on the worksheet. Students also ask follow-up questions to gain more information where possible. Afterwards, the students report back to the class on the things they found out about their partner.

### ESL Yes No Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this yes/no questions speaking activity, students play game to help them master yes/no questions and short answers with the verb 'to be' and 'do'. This game can be used to practice asking and answering yes/no questions in the present simple, present continuous and with 'going to'. Give each group of three a set of short answer cards, which they shuffle and deal out evenly. The first player picks one of their cards and thinks of a yes/no question that will yield the answer on the card. The player then directs the question to another student in the group. If the student gives the same short answer that is on the card, the player wins and discards the card. If not, the player keeps the card. Players take turns proceeding in this way. The first player to get rid of all their cards wins the game.

### ESL Questions Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this amusing asking questions activity, students play a game where one student asks a series of questions and the other student answers the previous question each time. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Student A asks Student B the questions on their worksheet. Student B's task is to delay their answer to each question until the next question is asked. For example, if Student B's first question is 'Where do you go swimming?', the student doesn't reply. If the second question is 'Where do you cook?', the student replies to the first question, e.g. 'In a swimming pool'. The aim of the game is to answer all ten questions in this manner. When the students have finished, they swap roles. Afterwards, the students create their own list of ten questions and play the game again with different partners.

### ESL Asking Questions Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

In this free asking questions activity, students play a game where they guess Wh questions from answers written by other students. Divide the students into groups of three and give each student a set of questions. The students write down a one or two word answer for each question. When the students have finished, they cut the worksheet along the dotted line so the questions and answers are separate. One student begins by placing their answers on the desk for the other two students to see. These two students read the first answer and take it in turns to guess the Wh question. The first student to guess the question scores one point. If the two students are having problems thinking of the right question, the student who wrote the answer gives them a clue, e.g. 'It’s a question about learning, etc...' This process continues until all three students’ questions have been guessed correctly. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

### ESL Wh Questions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this asking questions activity, students create Wh questions in order to elicit answers in a crossword. Divide the students into two groups (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Both groups have the same crossword, but Group A has the words across and Group B has the words down. Working together, the students write down questions that would elicit the words and phrases on their crossword. When the students have finished, they pair up with someone from the other group. Students then take it in turns to ask their partner for a question to one of their missing words or phrases, e.g. 'What’s the question for 1 down?' Their partner then asks them the question for that word or phrase, indicating the number of words in the answer, e.g. one-word answer, two-word answer, etc. The student then tries to guess what it is. If the student guesses the answer successfully, they write in the missing word or phrase on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to ask more questions until they are able to guess the answer. When the students have finished, they compare crosswords to check their answers.

### ESL Asking Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this engaging asking and answering questions activity, students ask and answer questions using various structures. This activity can also be used as an icebreaker on the first day of class. Divide the students into large groups and have each group sit in a circle. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students write their name at the top of the first column and give the worksheet to the person sitting on their right. This person thinks of a question that they would like to ask the student whose name is on the worksheet. The students write their question on the worksheet by completing one of the unfinished questions or by using the empty spaces at the bottom of the worksheet to write their own question. When students have written a question, they write their name next to it. Students then give the worksheet to the person on their right and repeat the process. The activity continues until the students receive back their own worksheet. The students then find the person who wrote each question and answer it. Finally, students give feedback to the class on what they found out about their classmates.

### ESL Yes/No and Wh Questions Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun questions activity, students ask yes/no and Wh questions in order to find out their secret identity. Divide the students into pairs and give each student a card. The card shows their partner's secret identity. The students' task is to ask their partner yes/no questions to determine what famous person or character they are. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner yes/no questions in the first person, e.g. 'Am I male?' 'Am I good at sports?' 'Do I play football?' Etc. Their partner replies 'yes' or 'no' accordingly. This continues until one of the students correctly guesses their secret identity. That student is the winner. Students then move on to practice Wh questions. A new secret identity is stuck on the back of each student. The students then go around the class asking their classmates one Wh question each to find out their new secret identity, e.g. 'What do I do?' Students are not allowed to directly ask who they are. Students move around from partner to partner until they are able to guess their identity. When this happens, they sit down. Afterwards, review the most effective questions students used to find out their secret identities and give feedback.

### ESL Guess the Question Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

This free questions and answers activity is ideal for pre-intermediate students. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Student A starts by reading out the first answer on their worksheet to Student B. 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 taking it in turns to read out answers 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.

### ESL Asking Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

Here is a simple asking and answering questions game to practice question structures. Before class, prepare a list of answers for questions you want to review. In the activity, students play a game where they are given an answer and have to race to come up with the correct question. Divide the students into two teams. One player from each team comes to the front of the class. Read an answer to the two players. The first player to respond with the correct question scores a point for their team. Then, two new players come to the front of the class and so on. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

### ESL Asking Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 30 minutes

Here is a free asking questions game that helps students practice asking questions with a variety of question words. In the activity, students have ten minutes to ask questions to their partner to elicit as many words as possible from their worksheet. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. The students go through the words on their sheet and think of possible questions. When everyone is ready, a ten-minute time limit is set. Student A then asks questions to their partner to elicit as many words from their worksheet as possible. When Student B says a word from the worksheet, Student A puts a tick next to the word. If Student B cannot guess the word after a few questions, Student A puts a cross. After ten minutes, the students stop and swap roles. The process is then repeated with Student B asking the questions. When everyone has finished, pairs add up their points. The pair with the highest combined score wins the game.

### ESL Asking Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this asking questions activity for adults or older students, participates ask questions to find out further details about an opening statement. Give each group of six a set of cards. Each group comprises of two teams (A and B). A student from Team A picks up a card and reads the opening statement on the card to Team B. Team B then has two minutes to ask the student as many questions as they can to find out further details about the opening statement. The student replies to the questions with short imaginary answers. Team B scores one point for each question. After the two-minute time limit has been reached, the teams swap roles and a member of Team B gives an opening statement. This process continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

### ESL Asking Questions Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this past simple and present simple questions worksheet, students take on the role of detectives and practice making questions in the past and present simple. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin with a gap-fill exercise where they complete questions about a robbery with words from a box. The students then indicate whether the questions are in the past or present simple. Next, students unscramble answers to the questions and match them to the questions from the first exercise. Students then move on to complete witness questions with three words using the witness's answers to help them. Afterwards, students write five past or present simple questions of their own to ask the thief they have caught. The students then practice their questions with a partner by taking it in turns to be the detective and the thief. Finally, have the students role-play their questions and answers to the class and give feedback.

### ESL Asking Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 60 minutes

In this making questions activity, students create job interview questions. Students then role-play a job interview and practice asking and answering the questions. The students begin by deciding on a job they would like to apply for. Next, divide the students into two groups, interviewers and candidates. Give each student a corresponding worksheet. The students sit together in their groups. The interviewers discuss and write down the details for the job, e.g. salary, hours of work, etc. The candidates discuss and write down the ideal profile a candidate should have for the job, e.g. the person’s age, work experience, etc. The interviewers then write down job interview questions for the items listed on their worksheet and the candidates write down questions to ask during the interview. After that, pair the interviewers and candidates together and they begin the role-play. 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. When all the pairs have completed the job interview, the interviewers say what qualities they were looking for and if they found the right candidate. The candidates say what they thought of the job and if they would like to do it. Finally, pairs act out their role-plays in front of the class and the class votes for the best candidate from the interviews.