Likes and Dislikes ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Find Someone Who...

ESL Favourites Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Beginner (A1) - 25 minutes

In this free favourites 'Find someone who...' activity, students write about their favourite things and then ask and answer questions to find classmates who have the same favourites. Students begin by writing about their favourite things in the column marked 'You' on the worksheet. When the students have finished, they go around the class asking and answering 'What's your favourite...?' questions to find classmates with the same answers. When students find someone with the same answer, they write that person's name in the last column on the worksheet. Afterwards, students report back to the class on the names they wrote on their worksheet and say what their favourite things are.
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Food Likes and Dislikes

ESL Likes and Dislikes Worksheet - Reading, Matching, Writing and Speaking Activity - Beginner (A1) - 25 minutes

In this likes and dislikes worksheet, students learn and practice how to talk about food and drink preferences using love, like, dislike and hate. First, students match opinion verbs with pictures. Students then sort ten food and drink items, according to their preferences. Next, students work with a partner and take it in turns to ask and answer questions about their likes and dislikes for the ten food and drink items using the example on the worksheet as a guide. After that, students read about food and drink that four people love, like, dislike or hate. Finally, the students answer questions about the four people's food and drink preferences.
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Interactive Version - In this likes and dislikes interactive worksheet, students work through a variety of exercises to learn how to use love, like, dislike and hate to express food and drink preferences.

 

My Favourites

ESL Favourites Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Beginner (A1) - 30 minutes

In this insightful favourites activity, students complete sentences about their favourite things and then ask questions to a partner to find out about their favourites. Students start by completing sentences on the worksheet about their favourite things. In pairs, the students then practice asking and answering questions about their favourites. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to find out about the students' favourite things.
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Interactive Version - In this favourites interactive worksheet, students write about their favourite things and then ask and answer questions with a partner.

 

Likes and Dislikes

ESL Do you like...? Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 35 minutes

In this free likes and dislikes activity, students ask 'Do you like...?' questions and reply using degrees of feeling. Students begin by creating four 'Do you like…?' questions of their own at the bottom of the worksheet. Next, in pairs, the students take it in turns to ask their partner the questions about likes and dislikes on their worksheet. Their partner replies using one of eight phrases from the worksheet to express their degree of feeling. The student then writes their partner's answer in sentence form in the space provided using the third-person singular, e.g. 'Harry really likes drinking coffee'. When everyone has finished, students pair up with someone who has the same A or B worksheet as them. The students tell each other the name of the person they interviewed. The two students then take turns asking and answering questions about the people using the third-person singular. Finally, students report back to the class on their original partner's likes and dislikes.
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Interactive Version - In this free likes and dislikes breakout room activity, students interview a partner about their preferences in order to practice 'Do you like...?' questions and degrees of feeling.

 

Likes and Dislikes Board Game

ESL Expressing Preferences Board Game - Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this fun likes and dislikes board game, students talk about their preferences for 30 seconds. Students take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a square, they talk about the topic on the square for 30 seconds without stopping. If a student can't think of anything to say or stops talking before the 30 seconds are up, they go back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.
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Likes and Dislikes Survey

ESL Likes and Dislikes Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 45 minutes

In this likes and dislikes questionnaire activity, students conduct a survey about their preferences. To begin, students complete 12 statements on the worksheet with their preferences. When the students have finished, they walk around the class and ask each other 'What do you think of...?' questions, e.g. 'What do you think of Italian food?' If a classmate replies with the same preference that the student has written in the statement, the student writes the person's name in the 'Same answer' column on the worksheet. If not, the student writes the classmate's name and opinion in the 'Different answer' column. The first student to fill both columns with names is the winner. Afterwards, the students write a short report about their findings, e.g. 'Sophia and I really like Italian food'. 'I think pop music is really good, but Ryan thinks it's terrible, etc.' Students then read their reports to the class.
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Match my Answer

ESL Favourites Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this expressing favourites game, students ask and answer questions about their favourite things and score points for matching favourites. To start, students answer questions on the worksheet about their favourite things and write their answers in the column marked 'You'. In pairs, Student A then asks the questions on their worksheet to Student B, e.g. 'What's your favourite item of clothing?' Student A notes down their partner's answers in the next column. Each time Student B's gives a matching answer, Student A scores a point. When Student A has asked all their questions, the two students swap roles. After that, students repeat the activity with their new partner. The student with the highest score at the end of the game wins. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to find out which two students are the most compatible and share the most favourite things.
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My Favourite Person

ESL Favourite Person Worksheet - Drawing, Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this engaging favourites worksheet, students draw and write about their favourite person. Students begin by drawing a picture of their favourite person in a box on the worksheet. This could be someone they know personally or someone famous. When the students have finished drawing, they complete sentences about the person, including information about the person's name, age, job, appearance and their reasons for liking them. Afterwards, students take it in turns to show their picture and tell the class about their favourite person by reading their sentences aloud.
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Was it you?

ESL Likes and Dislikes Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 35 minutes

In this engaging likes and dislikes game, students guess favourites, likes and dislikes of other students and use past simple yes/no questions to check their answers. In groups, students complete two slips of paper. On the first slip, students write their favourite word. On the second slip, they write a sentence about something they love, really like, dislike or hate. A group leader then collects in the slips of paper. Next, students write the names of their group members in the 'Name' column on the worksheet. The group leader then reads the favourite words and sentences. The group members write who they think wrote each one. The students then go around their group asking a 'Did you write that your favourite word was...?' question to each group member in turn to check their guesses. Students reply 'Yes, I did' or 'No, I didn't' accordingly. After that, students go around the group again asking a 'Was it you who wrote you loved/really liked/didn't like/hated...?' question to each group member. Students reply 'Yes, it was' or 'No, it wasn't'. For each 'yes' response, students score one point. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Broken Sentences

ESL Likes and Dislikes Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this likes and dislikes language game, students match sentence halves together to practice expressions for likes and dislikes. In pairs, join the halves together to make 20 sentences about likes and dislikes. When a 10-minute time limit has been reached, elicit the sentences from the students. Pairs score one point for each correct sentence. The pair with the highest score at the end is the winner.
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Cupid's Dating Agency

ESL Matchmaking Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

In this free likes and dislikes activity, students create dating profiles and then match people together, according to their preferences. In pairs, students look at the pictures on the male or female cards and fill in each profile with information about that person's likes and dislikes. Each pair then joins up with another pair that has an opposite set of cards. Next, the students imagine that they run a dating agency called Cupid's. Their task is to match the clients on the cards together for a date, according to their preferences. The pairs then take it in turns to read out each profile to the other pair. The students discuss the profiles and match the people together, according to their likes and dislikes. Students should try to pair up all the men and women if possible and think of reasons for their choices. Afterwards, each group tells the class about their most promising dates.
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Do you like...?

ESL Do You Like Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this 'Do you like...?' questions activity, students find out about a partner's likes and dislikes. This activity covers various phrases for expressing preferences. In pairs, students take it in turns to ask their partner 'Do you like ....?' questions from the prompts on the worksheet. Students also ask follow-up questions and make notes on their partner's answers in the spaces provided. Finally, students tell the class about their partner's likes and dislikes, e.g. 'Tom loves cycling and he's really into playing team sports. However, he doesn't like doing housework, etc.'
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Interactive Version - This likes and dislikes interactive breakout room activity helps students to practice 'Do you like...?' questions and phrases that express preferences.

 

Expressing Preferences

ESL Preferences Worksheet - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this expressing preferences worksheet, students learn and practice various phrases for expressing likes, dislikes and indifference. After reviewing the language for expressing likes, dislikes and indifference, students complete sentences on the worksheet about their likes and dislikes. Working with a partner, students then use the language from the first exercise to make a dialogue expressing their likes, dislikes and preferences. Afterwards, the pairs present their dialogues to the class.
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Interactive Version - This expressing preferences interactive worksheet contains a variety of exercises to help students learn language for expressing likes, dislikes and indifference.

 

Did you write this?

ESL Preferences Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this insightful expressing preferences game, students practice 20 phrases for expressing likes and dislikes. In the activity, students complete sentences about likes and dislikes and then find out who wrote other sentences by asking yes/no questions. In groups, students complete phrases on cards with true information about their likes and dislikes. All the students then fold up their cards and put them in the box. Next, students take one sentence card each from the box and go around the class asking yes/no questions to find the person who wrote the sentence on their card. For example, if the card read 'It really annoys me when people throw rubbish on the floor'. The student would ask 'Does it really annoy you when people throw rubbish on the floor?' When a student finds someone who answers 'yes' to a question, they write the person's name on the card, keep it and take another one from the box. The students repeat the activity until there are no cards left. The student with the most sentences at the end is the winner. Afterwards, the students report back to the class on what they found out about their classmates' likes and dislikes.
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I Love Charades

ESL Likes and Dislikes Game - Miming and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This amusing likes and dislikes miming game can be used to practice a wide variety of phrases for expressing preferences. In the activity, students play a game of charades where they guess sentences about likes and dislikes. Each sentence uses a different phrase for expressing preference. Team A goes first and sends a player to the front of the class. Give the player a sentence card. The player then has one minute to mime the sentence to his or her team. When the students say a word that is in the sentence, the player writes it on the board. If Team A manages to guess the complete sentence within one minute, they score two points. If not, the player continues his or her mime and both teams can try to guess the sentence for one point. A player from Team B then comes to the front of the class and so on. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Stop Bugging Me!

ESL Expressions of Irritation Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this dislikes activity, students answer questions using common expressions of irritation. In pairs, students take it in turns to ask their partner the questions on the worksheet, e.g. 'Does it bother you when people stop at the bottom of escalators?' Their partner replies using expressions on the worksheet to show their degree of irritation, e.g. 'Yes, it gets on my nerves when people do that'. The student asking the question then checks the appropriate box next to the question on the worksheet. This continues until all the questions have been asked and answered. Afterwards, the students report back to the class on their partner's irritations.
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Interactive Version - Here is an expressing dislikes breakout room activity to help students practice expressions of irritation.

 

Talk for a Minute

ESL Likes and Dislikes Game - Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

Here is a fun preferences game to get your students talking about their likes and dislikes. One student picks up a card and talks for one minute about the like or dislike topic on the card. If the student manages to do this without stopping, they score a point for their team. If the student stops talking before their time is up, a student from the other team can challenge and continue for the rest of the minute. If the student from the challenging team keeps talking for the remainder of the minute, they score the point for their team. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Who is it?

ESL Likes and Dislikes Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this free likes and dislikes game, students complete descriptions about their likes, dislikes and interests and then guess who wrote other descriptions. The students begin by completing sentences on the worksheet, describing their likes, dislikes and interests. When the students have finished, give each student a number card. The students write the number at the top of the worksheet without showing the card or number to anyone. Next, collect in the worksheets and stick them up around the classroom. In pairs, students write the names of all the students in the class on a piece of paper. The pairs then walk around the classroom reading the numbered descriptions and deciding which student wrote each one. Afterwards, students take it in turns to read out a description to the class. After a description has been read out, the pairs say who they think wrote it. Then, the student who actually wrote it reveals the answer. Pairs score one point for each correct guess. The pair with the most correct guesses wins.
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