Monday, 21 May 2018

Time - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Just Another Day

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 minutes

In this engaging teaching activity, students practice telling the time and using the present simple to describe a partner's everyday activities. Each student is given a set of activity cards. The students choose cards that show the activities they do on a normal day and indicate when they do each activity by drawing the time on the clock. Students use the blank cards to add any activities they do every day that are not shown on any of the activity cards. Next, the students are divided into pairs. The students exchange cards with their partner and lay out their partner's activities in order, according to the times on the clocks. Students then take it in turns to look at their partner's cards and describe their normal day, e.g. 'You wake up at half past six. You have breakfast at seven o'clock. You arrive at class at half past eight', etc. When the students have finished, they find differences in what they do every day, e.g. 'I wake up at seven o’clock, but you wake up at half past seven'. Afterwards, students take their partner's activity cards and work with a new partner. This time, the students lay out their original partner's cards in the correct order and describe his or her normal day to their new partner using the third-person singular.

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Missing Dates

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 15 minutes

In this useful worksheet activity, students practice ordinal numbers, months and dates. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students take it in turns to ask questions about missing dates in a table on their worksheet and fill in the table with their partner's answers. When the students have finished, they check their answers and spelling by comparing worksheets with their partner.

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Miyu's Mystery Timetable

ESL EFL Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

This rewarding worksheet activity is ideal for practicing time, days of the week and school subjects. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, students read clues on the worksheet and complete the missing subjects in Miyu's school timetable. When the students have finished, the timetable is drawn on the board and the answers are elicited from the class.

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My Calendar

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 60 minutes

In this creative worksheet activity, students learn how to make a calendar. To begin, students learn and practice the rhyme "Thirty days have September". Each student is then given a blank calendar. Following the teacher's instructions, the students complete the calendar by writing in months, days of the week and dates. When the calendar is complete, students add colour and pictures as desired, highlighting special days or dates such as family birthdays, national holidays, etc. Students then cut out the calendar, stick it together and thread it with a piece of string so it can be hung up.

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Our Time

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 45 minutes

In this insightful teaching activity, students practice telling the time and describing a particular time's importance. Each student writes the names of everyone in the class on a piece of paper and is given a clock card. On the clock face, students draw a time that is important to them. Students then go around the classroom asking and telling each other the time on their clock. Every time a student asks another student for their time, they find out why it is important. The student notes down the time next to the name of the student on their paper and the reason for its importance. When the students have finished, they are divided into pairs. The students then put the names of everybody in the class in order, according to who had the earliest to latest time on their clock. The students also write a sentence for each student about what they do at that time, e.g. 'At half past seven, Steve arrives at the bus stop. At quarter past eight, Kim has breakfast', etc. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session where the correct order and answers are reviewed with the class.

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Telling the Time Dominoes

ESL EFL Reading and Matching Activity - Elementary - 15 minutes

This dominoes game can be used to help students practice telling the time with 'past' and 'to'. In the activity, students play a game of dominoes where they match written times to times on digital clocks. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. Students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down on the table. The top domino from the pile is then placed face up. The first student puts a domino down either before or after the domino on the table, making sure the written time on one domino matches the digital clock on the other domino or vice-versa. The student then reads the time aloud to the group for confirmation. If the times don't match, the student must take back the domino. Play then passes to the next student and so on. 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.

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Terry's Timetable

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this comprehensive pairwork activity, students practice telling the time, prepositions of time and school subjects. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding copy of Terry's timetable. Students take it in turns to ask and answer questions in order to complete the missing subjects in their table. Students guess which subject Terry studies at a particular time by asking questions to their partner, e.g. Is the chemistry lesson at 9:30 on Monday? Students continue asking and answering questions like this until the timetable is complete.

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Time around the World

EFL ESL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this challenging pairwork activity, students learn about the differing times in cities around the world. The class is split into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. In pairs, students take it in turns to ask and answer questions about the time in each city on their worksheet. When they have finished, each pair is given some time-zone puzzle questions to answer.

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Time Bingo

ESL EFL Listening Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this enjoyable listening activity, students play a game of bingo using times of the day. Each student is given a bingo card and told to draw a different time (o'clock) on each clock face. In the space next to each clock, students write: in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening, midday or midnight. When the students have finished, the teacher calls out different times. When students hear a time that is on their card, they cross out the corresponding clock face. When the students get a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line of crosses on their bingo card, they shout Bingo! The winner of the game takes over from the teacher and calls out the times for the next round of bingo.

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Time Expressions Survey

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this speaking activity, students find out the number of students who do an activity at a certain time by talking to everyone in the class. Each student is provided with an activity card. The activities on the cards cover various time expressions. First, students write down the question they need to ask the other students. Students then move round the room and ask the questions they have prepared. They must talk to every student in the class and keep a record of the answers on the back of their cards. Finally, the students report back to the class what they discovered.

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Timetable Battleships

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This superb activity helps you to teach your students to tell the time. Students also learn about prepositions of time and school subjects. Students work in pairs and play a game of battleships using a school timetable.  The students write six English lessons into the squares on their blank timetable. They fill the other empty squares with other school subjects, e.g. history, chemistry, PE, etc. The students take it in turns asking their partner what they study at particular times, e.g. What do you study at twenty past eleven on Thursday? The first person to find all their partner’s English lessons wins the game.

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Vocabulary Clocks

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

You can use this entertaining ESL game to teach or review telling the time with your students. It is also perfect for revising recently covered vocabulary. A clock is drawn on the board and next to each number are letters of the alphabet. The first letter of the word is the hour hand and the last letter of the word is the minute hand. Teams race to call out the correct time, if they are correct they win a point. You can make the game more student-centered by having the teams choose the words and call them out. You can also reverse the game. You call out a time and the students have to come up with a word that starts and ends with those letters.

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When is your birthday?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this fun speaking activity, students practice asking and answering questions about their birthday. Students learn about ordinal numbers, months of the year and dates. Each student is given a present card. The students write the date of their birthday on the card. The cards are then collected and redistributed at random so that each student has someone else's birthday on their card. Students then imagine what is under the gift-wrapping (e.g. a book, a box of chocolates) and write the gift on the back of the card. The object of the game is for everyone to find out who their present is for and to give it to them. To do this, the students stand up and move round the class asking, “When is your birthday?” until they find the person who owns the present. When they find the owner, they give them the present and explain what it is.

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Years Gone By

ESL EFL Speaking and Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Here is a fun guessing game to help older students practice the past simple and saying years. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students complete sentences about life events by adding in the year that the things happened to them. The students then work with a partner. They take it in turns to read out a year at random. Their partner guesses what happened in that year by asking past simple questions. The student has two guesses before they are told the correct answer. If one of the two guesses is correct, the student gets a point. The winner is the student in each pair who has the most points at the end of the game.

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Alibi

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this challenging worksheet activity, students solve a murder mystery by carefully listening to times and looking for inconsistencies in other students' alibis. The students are told that between 4:00 and 5:00 on Saturday afternoon, Mr. Smith was murdered and that everyone is a suspect. Each student takes on the role of a murder suspect and is given a card showing their alibi at the time of the murder. The students read their alibi and memorize it. Each student is then given a copy of the worksheet. The students' task is to identify the murderer by detecting the inconsistent alibi. The students walk around asking other suspects for their alibis and noting down the information on the worksheet. The first student to identify the murderer by detecting the inconsistent alibi wins the game.

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Find someone who...

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

In this useful worksheet activity, students practice asking and answering questions about time. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by going through the items on the worksheet and forming the various yes/ no questions they need to ask in order to do the activity. Students then go around the class, asking each other the yes/no questions for the items on the worksheet, e.g. 'Is your birthday in July?' When a student finds someone who answers 'yes' to a question, the student writes down their name and asks a 'Wh' follow-up question to gain more information, noting down the answer in the last column. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.

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Good Times

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 minutes

In this insightful worksheet activity, students talk about personal and public celebrations they have throughout the year. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, students write down all the celebrations they have throughout the year in a monthly calendar on the worksheet and make notes on how they celebrate each one. When the students have finished, they are divided into pairs. Students then take it in turns to interview their partner about the celebrations, e.g. 'Do you celebrate anything in January?' Students also ask follow-up questions about each celebration to gain as much information as possible, e.g. 'How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?' Afterwards, the students give feedback to the class on one of their partner's celebrations.

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Hear and Say

ESL EFL Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 minutes

This fun teaching activity helps students review and practice telling the time, time prepositions and saying days, months, years, dates and other time expressions. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of cards for Game A. The student with 'start' on their card begins by saying the time expression indicated in the 'Say' column next to 'start'. The other students listen carefully and try to find the time expression in the 'Hear' column on their card. If a student sees a matching time in the 'Hear' column, they say the corresponding time expression in the 'Say' column for the other students to recognise. Students must add in any prepositions of time or articles that are necessary, e.g. the 28th of March, Monday the 6th, in 2013, etc. If they have a time, e.g. 16:45, they say the time as 'quarter to five' rather than just reading the number. Play passes from student to student until they reach the finish. When the students have finished, the cards for Game B are distributed. The groups then repeat the activity with the new game cards.

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Time Idioms

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 45 Minutes

In this engaging teaching activity, students complete sentences that contain time idioms to help express the meaning of the idiom. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The pairs complete sentences containing time idioms by writing on a blank card next to each incomplete sentence. Students are not limited to just completing the sentence. They might write two sentences if it helps to express the meaning of the time idiom. When everyone has finished, the worksheets are cut into cards. The students then swap their cards with another pair. The pairs of students then look at their new cards and try to match them to make meaningful sentences. When the students have finished, the pairs who wrote the sentences check that the cards have been matched correctly. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session. The pairs read their matched cards in turn and the students are given the meaning of the time idiom. The class then decides on the best definition.

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