Indirect Questions - ESL Worksheets, Role-Plays, Activities and Games

Ask Politely

ESL Indirect Questions Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

This indirect questions worksheet activity can be used to help students learn and practice how to form indirect questions. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by changing direct questions on the worksheet into indirect questions. Students then use the information in the first exercise to answer questions about how indirect questions are formed. Students then move on to practice the structure of indirect questions by putting words in the right order. Finally, the students create their own indirect questions. The students then practice asking and answering the questions with their classmates.
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ESL Indirect Questions Interactive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

This is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for online English teachers. In the interactive worksheet, students complete online exercises to learn how to form indirect questions.
 

Indirect Questions

ESL Indirect Questions Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This free indirect questions worksheet activity helps to teach students how to make indirect questions. The students begin by reading through a grammar explanation of indirect questions and reviewing examples. Students then use the information to change direct questions into indirect questions using polite expressions. After that, students rewrite indirect questions in the correct word order. The students then practice asking and answering the questions with a partner.
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ESL Indirect Questions Interactive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here is a free interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for English teachers working online. The interactive worksheet contains a variety of online exercises to help students learn how to make indirect questions.
 

Indirect Questions Worksheet

ESL Indirect Questions Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here is an indirect questions worksheet to help students learn and practice how to ask questions politely. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. In the first exercise, students complete indirect questions with words and phrases from a box. Next, students put words in the correct order to make indirect questions. Students then correct mistakes in indirect questions. Students put a tick next to the indirect questions they think are correct. If they think a question is wrong, they put a cross and correct the error. In the last exercise, students make direct questions into indirect questions.
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ESL Indirect Questions Interactive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for people who are teaching English online. In the interactive worksheet, students complete a range of online exercises to learn and practice how to ask questions politely.
 

Would you mind telling me...? Board Game

ESL Indirect Questions Board Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun indirect questions board game, students change direct personal information questions into indirect questions and ask them to other students. Give each group of three or four a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Players then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, they read the direct question on the square, change it into an indirect question, and ask the question to another student in the group, e.g. 'Would you mind telling me who your best friend is?' The group members listen and judge the player's question. If the question is grammatically correct, the player stays on the square. If the question is wrong, they go back to their previous square. The student who was asked the question then responds. However, if the student thinks the question is too personal, they can decline to answer by saying 'I'd prefer not to say' or 'I'd rather not say'. The first player to reach the finish square wins the game.
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I was wondering...

ESL Indirect Questions Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 25 minutes

In this engaging indirect questions teaching activity, students use indirect question phrases to make polite requests. Give each student a card containing a situation and request prompt. Students read the card and then move around the class, trying to persuade as many people as possible to do whatever is on their card. Students do this by explaining the situation and using indirect question phrases to make polite requests. Students only agree to do what other people ask if they genuinely think they wouldn't mind doing it. For example, a student should only agree to take someone to the airport at 6 a.m. if they have a car and like waking up early. If a student doesn't want to do something, they decline the request and explain why. Students note down the names of the classmates who agree to their request on the back of the card. Afterwards, students give feedback to the class on how many people agreed to their request.
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Super Polite

ESL Indirect Questions Role-Play - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 30 minutes

In this indirect questions teaching activity, students role-play two situations where someone politely asks for information using indirect questions. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding role card. The students read their role card for the first situation (at the ticket office). Student A plays the role of a ticket agent and Student B is a customer. Student B's task is to politely ask for information about a flight to London using indirect questions. The students then role-play the situation with their partner. When the students have finished, some pairs act out their role-play in front of the class and feedback is given. Afterwards, the pairs move on to the second role-play. In the second role-play (at the hotel), Student A takes on the role of a hotel guest and Student B takes on the role of a hotel receptionist. Student A's task is to use indirect questions to politely ask for hotel information. When everyone has finished, some pairs present their role-play to the class as before.
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Would you mind answering a few questions?

ESL Indirect Questions Role-Play - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this indirect questions role-play activity, students ask and answer indirect questions in a street interview. Tell the students to imagine that they are reporters for a local radio or TV station and that they are going to interview people on the street to find out public opinion on a chosen topic. Brainstorm possible interview topics and write the students' ideas on the board, e.g. cryptocurrency. Next, give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students choose a topic from the board and complete five indirect questions on the worksheet based on their chosen topic, e.g. 'Could you tell me how you feel about cryptocurrency?' Next, divide the students into two even groups - reporters and passers-by. The passers-by walk around the class as if they are walking along the street. The reporters stop the passers-by and ask them if they would mind answering a few questions. The reporter then writes the person's name at the top of the column and interviews them, noting down their answers on the worksheet. When all the reporters have spoken to three people, the students swap roles. When the students have finished, they report back to the class on the answers they received.
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