Time Expressions ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

A Perfect Match

ESL Time Expressions Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this time expressions game, students match and complete sentences with time expressions. In pairs, students take it in turns to turn over one sentence card and one time expression card. If the time expression can be used to complete the sentence, the student reads the sentence aloud, replacing the missing word with the time expression on the card. The student then keeps the two cards and has another turn. If the cards do not match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. It's then the other student's turn to play. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game is the winner.
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Future Time Expressions Questionnaire

ESL Future Time Expressions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this future time expressions activity, students unscramble, ask and answer questions that contain time expressions about the future. Students begin by reordering words to make questions with future time expressions using the answers shown as a guide. After that, students write their own answers to the questions under the column marked 'You'. In pairs, the students then ask their partner the same questions and record their answers on the worksheet. Finally, get feedback from the students on their answers and review the future time expressions together as a class.
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Last, Yesterday or Ago?

ESL Past Time Expressions Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this past time expressions game, students race to make time-related sentences using the words 'last', 'yesterday' and 'ago'. One student takes the top word card from the pile and places it on the table for everyone to see, e.g. yesterday. Each student then picks up the top sentence card from their pile and looks at it to see if their sentence and time can be used with that particular word. If it can, the student races to say the sentence written on their card using the time with the word, e.g. 'Yesterday morning, I brushed my teeth'. The first student to make a complete past simple sentence, incorporating the past time expression wins and discards their card. If a student says a sentence incorrectly, another player can try to make a sentence. The first player to get rid of all their cards is the winner.
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Present Time Expressions

ESL Present Time Expressions Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This present time expressions worksheet helps to teach students time expressions that are used with the present simple and present continuous. First, students match sentence halves together that contain present time expressions. Next, the students categorise the time expressions in bold in the sentences, according to whether they are used with the present simple or the present continuous. After that, the students complete grammar rules by writing either the present simple or the present continuous in each sentence. The students then move on to underline the correct verb tenses in a set of sentences. Afterwards, the students do a gap-fill exercise where they complete sentences with present time expressions. Finally, the students match questions with appropriate answers.
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Interactive Version - In this present time expressions interactive worksheet, students learn and practice time expressions that are associated with the present simple and present continuous tense.


Time Expressions Survey

ESL Time Expressions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this free time expressions activity, students conduct a class survey where they ask and answer questions that use past, present and future time expressions. Give each student a card. Students begin by preparing the yes/no question they need to ask to find out the information on their card, e.g. 'Did you check your email this morning?' Students then go around the class asking and answering the questions. The students keep a record of who answers 'yes' or 'no' on the back of the card. When the students have spoken to everyone in the class, they tally up the yes answers and write the number on the card. Each student then reports back their findings to the class.
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Present Time Mime

ESL Present Time Expressions Game - Reading, Miming and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this fun present time expressions game, students mime sentences on cards for others to guess in order to practice time expressions in the present simple and present continuous tense. In groups, players take it in turns to pick up the top card from the pile. The player then reads out the time expression written at the top of the card and mimes the sentence written at the bottom. The other players watch the mime and try to guess the sentence using the time expression with either the present simple or present continuous. The first player to say the correct sentence wins and keeps the card. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins. As a variation, you can play the game as a class with the students in two teams. Another possible more challenging variation is to have the students come to the front of the class and draw the sentence without giving away the time expression.
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Time Expressions and Idioms

ESL Time Expressions and Idioms Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This time expressions and time idioms worksheet helps to teach intermediate students some common expressions and idioms that use the word 'time'. Students start by matching sentence halves together that use expressions and idioms with the word 'time'. Next, the students match the time expressions and idioms to their definitions. The students then move on to complete gap-fill sentences with the time expressions and time idioms from the previous exercises. After that, students complete sentences with true information about themselves. Finally, in pairs, the students take it in turns to read their sentences to their partner and discuss them.
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Interactive Version - Here is a time expressions and time idioms interactive worksheet to help students learn and practice expressions and idioms with the word 'time'.


Time Idioms

ESL Time Idioms Activity - Reading, Writing and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 45 minutes

In this time idioms activity, students complete and match sentences that contain idioms using the word 'time'. In pairs, students complete sentences that contain time idioms by writing in a blank card next to the sentence. The students then cut the worksheet into cards, shuffle them, and swap them with another pair. Next, the pairs of students look at their new cards and match them together to make meaningful sentences about the idioms. 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 each sentence in turn and the students are given the meaning of the time idiom. The class then decides on the best sentence that expresses each idiom.
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