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

Ask Politely

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

This polite questions worksheet can be used to help students learn and practice how to form indirect questions. Students begin by changing direct questions 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, students create their own indirect questions and practice asking and answering the questions with their classmates.
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Interactive Version - This indirect questions interactive worksheet helps students to learn how to make indirect questions.

 

Direct and Indirect Questions

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

This direct and indirect questions worksheet helps to teach students how to change direct questions into indirect ones. Students start by reading through a grammar explanation of indirect questions and reviewing direct and indirect question examples. Students then use the information to change direct questions into indirect questions using polite expressions. After that, students put words in the correct order to form indirect questions and practice asking and answering the questions with a partner.
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Interactive Version - This free direct and indirect questions interactive worksheet contains a variety of exercises to help students learn how to form and use indirect questions.

 

Indirect Questions Practice

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

Here is an indirect questions worksheet to help students learn and practice how to ask questions politely. 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. In the last exercise, students make direct questions into indirect questions.
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Interactive Version - In this indirect questions interactive worksheet, students complete a range of exercises to learn and practice how to ask questions politely.

 

I was wondering...

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

In this indirect questions speaking activity, students use indirect question phrases to make polite requests. Students read their 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. Afterwards, students give feedback to the class on how many people agreed to their request.
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Street Interviews

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. Students 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. Students choose a topic from the board and complete five indirect questions based on their chosen topic, e.g. 'Could you tell me how you feel about cryptocurrency?' Next, in two 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 and interviews them, noting down their answers. When all the reporters have spoken to three people, the students swap roles. Finally, students report back to the class on the answers they received.
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Super Polite

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

In this indirect questions activity, students role-play two situations where someone politely asks for information using indirect questions. First, in pairs, one student plays the role of a ticket agent and the other is a customer. The two students then take part in a ticket office role-play where the customer politely asks for information about a flight to London using indirect questions. Afterwards, one student takes on the role of a hotel guest and the other takes on the role of a hotel receptionist. The pair then complete a hotel role-play where the guest uses indirect questions to politely ask for hotel information.
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Would you mind telling me...?

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

In this fun indirect questions board game, students change direct personal information questions into indirect questions and ask them to other students. Players 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, 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, the player goes back two squares. The student who was asked the question then responds. The first player to reach the finish square wins the game.
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