# Asking Questions - ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

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

In this free question and answer practice 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 Questions Game - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this amusing 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 Wh Questions Game - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

In this free asking questions teaching 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 Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this asking questions game, students create 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 and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this engaging asking 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 asking 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 Asking Questions Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

This free asking questions 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 Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

Here is a simple asking questions game to practice question forms. 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 Past and Present Simple Questions Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this situation-based 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 and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 60 minutes

In this asking 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.