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ESL Personal Information Activity - Reading, Matching, Listening and Speaking - Beginner - 15 minutes

Here is an entertaining activity to help beginners practice asking and answering personal information questions about names and addresses. The students are divided into two groups. Each student in one group is given an identity card and each student in the other group is given a letter card. The identity cards show the student's name and address. The students with the letter cards are postmen. Their task is to deliver their letter to the name and address written on their card. All the names and addresses are very similar so the postmen need to listen and check the information carefully. The students with the identity cards sit spread out across the classroom and all the postmen stand up. The postmen then go around the class asking for the names and addresses of the seated students until they find the person with a matching name and address. When this happens, the postman gives the student the letter. When all the postmen have delivered their letters, the students swap roles and repeat the activity.
 

First Class Interview and Introduction

ESL Personal Information Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 60 minutes

This fun personal information worksheet activity is ideal for the first day of class. In the activity, students create personal information questions to ask a new classmate. The students then interview the classmate and use the information to introduce them to the class. Each student is given a copy of the first worksheet. Working alone, the students read the five interview questions on the worksheet and create five more personal information questions of their own to ask a partner. After the students' questions have been checked, they are divided into pairs. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner the questions on the worksheet and note down their answers in the spaces provided. Next, each student is given a copy of the second worksheet. Students use their partner's answers to complete an introductory text on the worksheet. Students also create five sentences of their own using the third-person singular. When the students have finished, pairs stand up and introduce their partner to the class by reading the text aloud. As the other students listen to the introductions, they write down follow-up questions they would like to ask the person being introduced. These questions can then be asked at the end of each introduction.        
 

Interview Question Words

ESL Personal Information Questions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 30 minutes

In this rewarding worksheet activity, students complete personal information questions with question words. Students then use the questions to interview a partner. This activity can be used on the first day of class to help students get to know each other. The students are divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working alone, students complete the personal information questions on their worksheet with question words. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with each group. Each student then pairs up with someone from the other group. Students take it in turns to ask their partner the personal information questions on their worksheet and note down their partner's answers in the spaces provided. Afterwards, students tell the class what they found out about their partner.
 

Missing Details

ESL Asking and Giving Personal Information Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 30 minutes

In this useful teaching activity, students ask and answer basic personal information questions in order to complete a chart with personal details. Each student is given an identity card and a copy of the worksheet. The worksheet contains a chart that shows one piece of information about each identity. The students take on the identity of the person on their card and complete their personal details in the corresponding place in the chart on the worksheet. The students then go round the class and complete the missing personal details for the other identities on their worksheet by asking one another personal information questions. Students begin by asking yes/no questions in order to find out which information in the chart corresponds to the person they are speaking with, e.g. 'Are you 26?' 'Do you come from Germany?' Etc. When a classmate replies 'yes', the student asks personal information questions to complete the other information about the person's identity, e.g. 'What's your name?' 'Where do you live?' Etc. When both students have completed their partner's personal information, they move on to speak to someone else. This process continues until the students have spoken to everyone in the class or group. Afterwards, the correct answers are reviewed with the class.     
 

The People You Meet

ESL Asking and Giving Personal Information Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 30 minutes

In this engaging worksheet activity, students take on a new identity and complete a worksheet by asking and answering personal information questions. Each student is given an identity worksheet. Students begin by writing down the questions they need to ask to find out the personal information on the worksheet. When the students have finished, the questions are checked with the class. Next, the students are divided into groups of eight and each student is given an identity card. The students take on the role of the person on their card and complete their identity worksheet by asking one another personal information questions. When everyone has finished, students compare identity cards and worksheets to check they have written the information correctly.
 

Friends and Family

ESL Personal Information Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this useful teaching activity, students ask and answer yes/no personal information questions about friends and family. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students think of four friends or family members, two males and two females. The students write the names of the four people at the top of the worksheet next to the numbers. The students then write the age of each person, their job, where they are from, where they live and their hobbies in a random order in the boxes on the worksheet. When the students have finished, they pair up with a classmate and swap worksheets. The students then take it in turns to ask and answer yes/no personal information questions in order to complete the details for each person at the bottom of the worksheet, e.g. 'Is Isabella 26 years old?' The students continue asking and answering questions until all the personal information at the bottom of the worksheet has been completed. Afterwards, the students tell the class about one of their partner's friends or family members.
 

My Partner

ESL Personal Information Worksheet - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 minutes

In this insightful worksheet activity, students create personal information questions and then use the questions to interview a partner. This activity is suitable for older students. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by writing down the personal information questions they need to ask to find out the information at the bottom of the worksheet. Students also create one more question of their own at the end. When the students have finished, the questions are checked with the class. The students are then divided into pairs. Students take it in turns to ask their partner the questions and fill in the answers on the worksheet. Afterwards, pairs of students take it in turns to tell the class a few things they found out about their partner. Any interesting findings can then be discussed in more detail.
 

Personal Information Dominoes

ESL Personal Information Game - Reading, Matching, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this dominoes game, students form, ask and answer personal information questions. The students are divided into groups of three or four and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The students then turn over the top domino from the pile and place it face up on the table. The first player tries to make a personal information question by placing a domino down either before or after the domino on the table. If the player can form a grammatically correct and logical question, they ask the question to the next player. If the next player answers correctly, it is their turn to put down one of their dominoes at either end of the domino chain and ask a question to the next player. If a player fails to answer a question correctly, they miss a turn and the question passes to the next player to try to answer. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take a domino from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
 

Personal Information Worksheet

ESL Personal Information Worksheet - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 minutes

Here is an enjoyable personal information questions worksheet to use on the first day of class. In the activity, students create personal information questions and then ask the questions to a new classmate. Students then use the information they find out to introduce the classmate to other students. The students are divided into groups of three or four. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet and a piece of paper for writing questions. Working together in their groups, students create personal information questions for the categories on the worksheet. Some questions will be the same, e.g. 'What is your name?' However, for some categories, students will come up with different questions. For example, in the 'Studying English' category, students might write 'How long have you studied English?' or 'How often do you study English?' Etc. Students also have to create one more question of their own for the 'Other information' category. When the students have finished writing, each group's questions are checked. Each student then joins with a student from another group. Students take it in turns to ask their partner the personal information questions on their paper and note down their partner's answers on the worksheet. When everyone has finished their interviews, two pairs of students are put together and the students use the information on the worksheet to introduce their partner to the other pair. Afterwards, pairs stand up and introduce their partner to the class. At the end of each introduction, students ask follow-up questions to the person being introduced.
 

Numbers, Names and Places

ESL Asking and Giving Personal Information Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate - 30 minutes

In this intriguing activity, students talk about personal information relating to numbers, names and places with a partner. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Students then write down a number, name or place for each item on their worksheet in the space provided. When the students have finished, they cut the worksheet into cards as indicated. The students then give the cards to their partner who spreads them out on the desk face up. Next, students take it in turns to pick up a card and ask their partner about the number, name or place written on the card. Students are encouraged to ask for and give as much information as they can for each item and try to develop a short conversation about each one. Afterwards, the students share what they found out about their partner with the class.
 

Networking

ESL Giving Personal Information Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Upper-intermediate - 40 minutes

In this useful role-play activity, students practice exchanging personal and company information at a networking event. The aim of the activity is to find out about people at the event in hopes of building new business partnerships or finding new customers. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students complete the worksheet by putting a mixture of real and imaginary information in the spaces provided. The students then use the information to socialise with the other people at the networking event. Students make introductions with as many people as possible and give information about themselves and their company. When the students have finished, there is a class feedback session to find out if anyone found customers for their business or someone they could possibly build a business relationship with.
 
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