Sports - ESL Games, Worksheets and Activities

Sports

ESL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 40 minutes

In this rewarding worksheet activity, students learn about sport collocations with go, play and do as well as places where sports are played. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students look at pictures of sports in the first column of the worksheet and write collocations with go, play and do for each sport in the second column, e.g. play golf. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class. After that, the students prepare some questions for each picture to find out who in the class does each sport, where they do it and how often. Each student is then given a sport card, which shows the sport they do, where they do it and how often. Students then move around the classroom asking the questions they have prepared in order to find out who does the other sports on their worksheet. When a student finds a classmate who answers 'Yes, I do' to their first question, they write their name in the 'Name' column and ask where the person does the sport and how often. The student then notes down the answers in the other columns on the worksheet. This continues until the worksheet is complete. Finally, the students compare their answers in pairs and then discuss what sports they do, where they do them and how often.                
 

Sports Vocabulary Game

ESL Miming, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 minutes

In this entertaining teaching activity, students practice sports vocabulary by playing a miming and true or false game.  The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and mime the sport on the card for the other students to guess. The first student to correctly guess the sport wins and keeps the card. Play continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. Afterwards, students play a true or false game where they take it in turns to pick up a card and make a personal statement about the sport on the card, e.g. 'I like to play badminton at the park with my friend'. The other students in the group then ask the student questions to determine if he or she is lying or telling the truth. The students then each guess whether the statement is true or false and the answer is revealed. Students score one point for each correct guess. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 

Sports Time

ESL Reading, Writing and Matching Activity - Elementary - 45 minutes

Here is an enjoyable two-page worksheet activity to help students learn and practice sports vocabulary and action verbs related to sports. Students begin by writing action verbs from a box on the worksheet under matching pictures. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class. The students then complete sentences about sports using the verbs from the first exercise, e.g. 'In football, players can kick the ball but they can't catch the ball'. After the students' sentences have been reviewed, students categorize sports vocabulary by writing words from a box into the correct column on their worksheet, e.g. vocabulary associated with sports equipment, etc. Finally, students secretly choose their favourite team sport and complete sentences using the vocabulary from the two worksheets. The students then take it in turns to read their sentences to the class and the class tries to guess the sport being described.
 

Sport Connections

ESL Matching, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 50 minutes

In this engaging four-part card game activity, students practice making connections between sports. The activities consist of a categorizing and pelmanism game to practice verb-sport collocations, a game talking about similarities between sports and a question and answer activity. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of cards. The students categorize the sports on the cards into three groups, according to the verb that is used with each sport: go, play or do. When the groups have finished, the answers are checked with the class. Next, the students play a pelmanism game to reinforce their knowledge of the verb-sport collocations. The cards are spread out face down on the table. The students take it in turns to turn over two cards. If the two sports on the cards use the same verb, the student keeps the cards and has another turn. If not, the cards are turned back over and it's the next student's turn to play. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. Students then move on to talk about similarities between the sports by playing another pelmanism game. This time, when two cards are turned over, the student makes a sentence about how the two sports are similar, e.g. 'You use a racket in both sports'. If a suitable sentence is made, the student keeps the cards and has another turn. If the student can't make a connection between the two sports, the cards are turned back over and it's the next student's turn to play. Each similarity can only be used once. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. Afterwards, students use the cards to ask and answer questions and develop short conversations about sports. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and ask a question about the sport on the card to the other group members, e.g. 'How often do you go kayaking?' The students then take it in turns to answer the question and create a short conversation about the sport. This continues until all the cards have been used.
 
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