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Gerunds and Infinitives - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

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ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this engaging worksheet activity, students practice asking and answering questions with gerunds and infinitives. This is a good activity to use when introducing gerunds and infinitives for the first time. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students go through the items on the worksheet and form the questions they need to ask in order to do the activity, e.g. 'Do you love watching horror films?' The students then move around the classroom asking questions and completing their worksheets with yes answers. When a classmate answers 'yes' to a question, the student writes their name in the 'Name' column on the worksheet and asks a follow-up question to gain more information, e.g. 'Why do you love watching horror films?'  When everyone has finished, the students use gerunds and infinitives to give feedback to the class on what they found out about their classmates.

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What do you like doing?

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this engaging worksheet activity, students use gerunds to talk about what they like doing at certain times. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students read through the worksheet and tick the option in each category that best describes what they like doing. Students can add their own answer if they wish using a gerund. Students then ask questions to their classmates to find a student who has the same interest as them in each category, e.g. 'What do you like doing in the morning?' When a student finds someone who likes doing the same thing, they write each other's name down in the space provided and move on to speak to another student. When everyone has finished, the students tell the class about their findings.

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Discussion Time

ESL EFL Reading and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this group speaking activity, students practice gerunds and infinitives with 'to' by discussing various topics. The class is divided into groups of three or four and each group is given a set of topic cards. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and start the discussion. The students then discuss the topic on the card using gerunds and infinitives. Students are encouraged to ask for and give as much information as possible about each topic. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to find out about some of the things the students discussed.

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Gerunds as a Subject

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

In this fun pairwork activity, students play a game where they race to complete a crossword by making sentences with gerunds as the subject. The students are divided into pairs. One student is given a copy of the crossword and the other student is given a copy of the clues. The student with the crossword chooses a verb from the box and tells their partner the verb. Their partner looks at the clues and finds the sentence that needs that verb as a gerund. The student then reads the completed sentence aloud with the gerund as the subject. The other student listens to the sentence and says whether they think the sentence is correct or not. If both students agree it's correct, the student with the clues writes the gerund in the sentence and says the clue number to their partner, e.g. 'This is the clue for one down'. The other student then writes the gerund in the crossword. The first pair of students to complete the crossword wins the game.

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Gerund or Infinitive Card Game

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is an enjoyable card game activity to help students practice gerunds and infinitives. In the game, students create sentences with words and phrases that are followed by a gerund or infinitive (with or without 'to'). The class is divided into groups of three. Each group is given a set of cards A and B. Each player receives six cards, three from each set. The left over cards are placed face down in two piles. The players take it in turns to make sentences with gerunds or infinitives by combining a set A card and a set B card from the cards in their hand. Each time a player makes a sentence, they place the two cards on the table. If a player successfully makes a sentence, the player puts the two cards aside and replaces the cards by taking one from each pile. If not, the player takes the cards back. When a player makes a sentence, the other students may accept or challenge the sentence. If a player cannot make a sentence, they use their turn to change one of their cards. The game continues until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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Gerund and Infinitive Dominoes

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this memorable dominoes game, students practice making sentences by matching verbs to gerunds or infinitives and vice-versa. Each group of four is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out eight each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The students then turn over the top domino from the pile and place it face up on the table. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the domino on the table, making sure the verb in bold matches with the gerund or infinitive, or vice-versa. The player then makes a sentence with the verb and gerund or infinitive to show the match is correct. The next player then tries to put down one of their dominoes at either end of the domino chain and so on. If a player can't think of a sentence, makes a grammar mistake or matches the dominoes incorrectly, the player takes back the domino and play passes to the next student. 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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Guess who it is

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this fun worksheet activity, students write sentences about themselves with gerunds and infinitives. Students then play a guessing game using the sentences. Each student is given a numbered worksheet. Students complete sentences 1 to 10 on their worksheet with ‘doing’ or ‘to do’, e.g. something you enjoy doing in your free time. Working alone, the students then respond to each item by writing a true sentence about themselves, e.g. 'I enjoy riding my mountain bike in my free time'. When everyone has finished, the worksheets are collected and then redistributed. Students then take it in turns to read out the student number and sentences on their worksheet. Students start each sentence with 'This person…' and use the pronouns 'they' and 'their', e.g. 'This person enjoys riding their mountain bike in their free time'. The other students write down the student number in their chart and listen to all the sentences. The students then try to guess the writer's identity, writing their guess next to the number in the chart. When everyone has read their sentences, students reveal their numbers. Students win one point for each correctly identified student. The student with the highest number of points wins the game.

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Tell me about...

ESL EFL Reading and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

Here is an intriguing speaking activity to help students practice gerunds and infinitives. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding part of the worksheet. Student A starts by asking Student B to tell him or her about the things listed on the worksheet, e.g. 'Tell me about something you want to do in the future'. Each response Student B gives requires a gerund or infinitive in the answer. When all the questions have been asked, the students swap roles. Afterwards, students give feedback to the class on what they found out about their partner.

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Thinking of You

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

In this worksheet activity, students play a guessing game where they complete sentences by guessing true information about a partner using gerunds and infinitives. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding part of the worksheet. The students think about their partner and complete the sentences on the worksheet by guessing true information about him or her. Students must use a gerund or infinitive in each sentence. When they have finished writing, Student A starts by reading their completed sentences to Student B. Student B listens and tells their partner if the sentences are true or not. If a sentence is wrong, Student B gives the real answer. When Student A has finished reading his or her sentences, the students swap roles. When the students have finished, they give feedback to the class on what they found out.

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This is me

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

In this rewarding worksheet activity, students complete sentences about themselves using gerunds and infinitives. The students then discuss their sentences in small groups. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing sentences with true information about themselves. The students must use a gerund or infinitive in each sentence. When they have finished writing, the class is divided into groups of three or four. The students discuss their sentences in their groups. Afterwards, students tell the class what they found out about their classmates.

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True or False?

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

In this entertaining teaching activity, students write true and false sentences about themselves with gerunds and infinitives and then play a true or false guessing game with the sentences. Each group of four is given a set of verb cards. The students shuffle the cards and deal them out evenly. Each student should have six cards. For each verb, the students write three sentences about themselves, one true and two false. All the verbs must be followed by a gerund or infinitive. When the students have finished writing, they take it in turns to read out their three sentences to the rest of the group. Each time three sentences are read out, the group members ask the student questions to help them decide which sentence is true. When the group members have each decided which sentence is true, the student reveals the correct answer. Students that guessed correctly win a point. This process continues until all the sentences have been read. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

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Gerund and Infinitive Master

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Intermediate - 20 Minutes

Here is a useful worksheet activity to test students' knowledge of gerunds and infinitives with 'to'. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students complete each sentence with the verb in brackets in its gerund or infinitive form. Afterwards, the answers are checked with the class. Students score one point for each correct answer. Students then check their score to see how well they know gerunds and infinitives.

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My sentence about you

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this insightful worksheet activity, students try to write true sentences about their classmates using gerunds. Students then check if their sentences are true or not by asking questions to their classmates. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by writing the name of each student in the class in the first column of the worksheet. The students then try to write a true sentence about each person using the verb next to their name followed by a gerund, e.g. 'Charlie likes getting up late at the weekend'. When the students have finished writing, they go around the class checking if their sentences are true or not. They do this by asking questions to the classmates listed on their worksheet, e.g. 'Charlie, do you like getting up late at the weekend?' If a sentence is true, students put a tick in the last column. If it's not true, the students put a cross. The student with the most true sentences wins. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to see what the students found out about their classmates.

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