Monday, 21 August 2017

Getting to Know You - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets

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Getting to Know You

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

Here is a great activity for the first day of class that you can use with more advanced students. In the activity, students practice writing personal information questions using a variety of structures and tenses. The students then ask and answer the questions with their classmates. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students look at the personal information statements (1 to 15) at the top of their worksheet and write the questions they need to ask in order to find out the information, e.g. What is your earliest memory? After the questions have been checked, the students move around the classroom asking and answering their questions with as many different classmates as possible. Students complete each statement with a classmate’s answer, e.g. Sophia’s earliest memory is feeding ducks in the park. When the students have completed all the sentences, they share what they found out about each other in small groups and then with the class. For smaller classes, the students work in pairs. The students ask and answer the questions with a partner and complete the statements with their answers. When they have finished, students present their partner’s information to the class.

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A to Z

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

This group speaking activity can be used on the first day of class to help students get to know each other. In the activity, students answer various questions about themselves in groups. The class is divided into groups of four or five. Each group is given a set of alphabet cards and a set of questions. The students shuffle the alphabet cards and place them face down in a pile on the desk. The first student picks up an alphabet card from the pile and looks at the corresponding topic and question on the worksheet. The student then tells the group the topic and asks the other students the corresponding question. Each student answers the question and the students generate a short discussion if possible. The next student then picks up an alphabet card and the process continues. When the students have gone through all the cards and questions, there is a class feedback session where groups share any interesting or surprising information they found out about their classmates.

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True or False

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 35 Minutes

Here is an enjoyable ice-breaker game for intermediate students. In the game, students take it in turns to give personal information to their classmates. The other students listen to each statement and ask questions to the student in order to find out if the statement is true or false. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students complete ten personal information statements. Five of the statements must be true and five must be false. They indicate which statement is which by putting a tick for true or a cross for false in a table under the statements. The students are then divided into groups of four. They take it in turns to read their ten statements. The other students listen and ask the student questions to gain more information. Individually, the other students then decide if the statement is true or false by marking their answer in the table. When a student has read all ten statements, he/she tells the other students which were true and which were false. Students score one point for each correct guess. The student with the highest grand total at the end of game is the winner.

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