Time Expressions ESL Activities, Worksheets and Games

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. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by reordering words to make questions with future time expressions using the answers shown as a guide. When the students have finished, review the correct questions with the class. After that, students write their own answers to the questions under the column marked 'You'. Next, divide the students into 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'. Give each group of three or four a set of word cards and a set of sentence cards. The students shuffle the word cards and place them face down in a pile in the middle of the table. The students shuffle the sentence cards and deal them out evenly. Each student then puts their sentence cards face down in a pile in front of them. 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. Afterwards, all the students who couldn't make a sentence put their card at the bottom of their pile, the word card is placed at the bottom of the pile, and the next round begins. The first player to get rid of all their cards is the winner. As a less competitive variation, students play the game by looking at all the sentence cards in their hand and taking it in turns to turn over a word card. If a student is able to make a sentence using one of their cards, they can discard that card. It's then the next student's turn to turn over a word card and play.
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Present Time Expressions

ESL Present Time Expressions Worksheet - Reading, Matching 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. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. The students begin by matching 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. Give each group of three or four a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Explain that the students are going to play a game where they mime sentences that contain time expressions for other students to guess. Players take it in turns to pick up the top card from the pile, without letting anyone see what's on the card. 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. If no one manages to guess the sentence, the sentence on the card is revealed and the card is removed from the game. The game continues until all the cards have been used. 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. Students take it in turns to come to the front of the class, pick up a card, say the time expression and do the mime. The first team to say the correct sentence scores a point. 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, Matching 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'. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. The students begin 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'. Give each pair of students a copy of the uncut worksheet. The pairs then complete sentences that contain time idioms by writing in a blank card next to the sentence. Students are not limited to just completing the sentence. They might write two sentences if it helps to express the meaning of the idiom. When everyone has finished, the students cut the worksheet into cards. The students then shuffle their cards and swap them with another pair. The pairs of students then 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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