Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Past Simple Yes/No Questions - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

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Did you...?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this captivating teaching activity, students practice asking and answering past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you...?' Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, students write down a past simple yes/no question for each sentence on the worksheet. When they have finished, the questions are checked with the class. The class is then told that they must find one student who did each activity on the worksheet and write his or her name at the start of the sentence. Students then move around the room asking each other the questions. Make sure the students reply using 'Yes, I did' or 'No, I didn't'. When a student receives a positive reply, the student writes the respondent’s name at the start of the corresponding sentence. Students should also ask a follow-up question before moving on to speak to someone else. When the students have finished, they share the most interesting things they found out with the class.

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Last Week

ESL EFL Speaking and Writing Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this ‘Find someone who’ activity, students practice asking and answering past simple yes/no questions about what they did last week. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students move around the classroom asking past simple yes/no questions to their classmates about what they did last week, e.g. 'Did you buy some chocolate last week?' When a student finds someone who answers 'Yes, I did', they write the person's name down on their worksheet and ask a follow-up question in the past simple. Afterwards, students tell the class what they found out about their classmates.

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Places

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this engaging teaching activity, students ask each other past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you?' in order to find out the name of a place on a card. Each group of four is split into teams of two (Team A and B) and given a set of cards. On each card is the name of a place. Team A starts by taking a card from the top of the pile. Team B then tries to find out what place is on the card by asking Team A past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you...?' For example, 'Did you watch a movie?' 'Did you buy a phone?' Team A replies accordingly using 'Yes, we did' or 'No, we didn't'. If Team A replies positively, Team B says the place they think is on the card or asks another past simple yes/no question for confirmation. If Team B guesses correctly, they win the card. Team B can ask a maximum of ten questions per card. Then, it is Team B's turn to take a card and Team A's turn to ask the questions. They continue like this until all the cards have been used. The team with the highest number of cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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What did I do?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

In this entertaining speaking activity, students use past simple yes/no questions to find out what people did at different times in the past. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of verb cards. The students shuffle the cards and deal out eight cards each. Working alone, the students think of a time in the past when they did each of the actions marked on their cards, e.g. write. The students then write the past simple form of the verb in the space provided on each card and a time expression to show when the event happened, e.g. wrote, yesterday. When they have finished, the students put all their cards, face down in a pile in front of them. Students take it in turns to turn over a card from their pile and show it to the other two students. The other students then race to guess what the student did according to the verb and time marked on the card by asking past simple yes/no questions. For example, 'Did you write an email yesterday?' The student replies accordingly using 'Yes, I did' or 'No, I didn't'. The first student to ask the right question keeps the card as a trick. This process continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

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What did you do last night?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this fun speaking activity, students guess what their classmates did last night by asking past simple yes/no questions. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of picture cards, which they shuffle and place face down on the table. The picture cards show what the students did last night. The students take it in turns to pick up a card. The other students then race to guess what the student holding the card did last night by asking past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you...?' For example, 'Did you watch TV last night?' 'Did you hang out with friends last night?' Etc. The first student to guess correctly keeps the picture card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

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Who did what?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this engaging class activity, students make guesses about what activities their classmates did recently. The students then find out if their guesses were right or wrong by asking past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you...?' Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by guessing which of their classmates did each of the activities on the worksheet. Students complete sentences on their worksheet by writing the names of their classmates in the spaces, e.g. 'Kim got up before seven o’clock this morning.' When the students have completed the sentences, they find out if their guesses were right or wrong. They do this by walking around the class and asking past simple yes/no questions to the people they wrote on their worksheet, e.g. 'Kim, did you get up before seven o’clock this morning?' If a classmate responds with ‘Yes, I did’, the student puts a tick in the box next to the sentence. If a classmate replies with ‘No, I didn’t’, the student puts a cross. The student with the most correct guesses is the winner.

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Yes, I did.

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this amusing teaching activity, students play a true or false guessing game where they ask and answer past simple yes/no questions and 'Wh' questions. Each group of four is given a set of cards. The students shuffle the cards and place them in a pile, face down on the desk. The group is then divided into teams of two (Team A and B). A student from Team A picks up the top card from the pile. The student makes a past simple yes/no question from the prompt on the card and asks the question to one of the players in Team B, e.g. Did you play a sport last week? The chosen player from Team B answers 'Yes, I did', regardless of whether it’s true or not. Team A then asks three follow-up questions to the player using the past simple. After the three questions have been answered by the player, Team A decides if the player’s answer is true or false. The player then reveals the truth. If Team A is correct, they win a point. The teams then swap roles. This process continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Speech Bubbles

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

This is a great activity for teaching students how to ask and answer past simple yes/no questions. First, students complete a set of questions and write their answers randomly in ten speech bubbles. The students then pair up and swap worksheets. Students take it in turns to ask past simple yes/no questions beginning with 'Did you...?' in order to find out why their partner has written the words in the speech bubbles. For example, if a student sees the word 'laptop' written in one of the bubbles, the student might ask 'Did you buy a laptop last month?' 'Did you give someone a laptop as a present last year?' Etc. When their partner replies 'Yes, I did', the student puts a tick next to the bubble. The student then asks follow-up questions in the past simple to find out more information and generate discussion. At the end of the activity, students report back to the class on the most interesting things they found out about their partner.

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Where did I see you?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this enjoyable speaking game, students ask and answer past simple yes/no questions in order to find out where they saw other people yesterday. Students work together in groups of six. Each group member is handed a card. The cards show what each student did yesterday. At some point yesterday, each student met the other members of the group. The object of the game is for each student to work out where he or she saw the other group members. To do this, they use the information on their card to ask past simple yes/no questions to each other until they find a place that they both have in common, e.g. 'Did you go to Luigi’s restaurant yesterday?' Students respond with 'Yes, I did' or 'No, I didn't', according to the information on their card. When a student finds a place they have in common with another student, they write the other person’s name next to the place on their card. The first group to work out where everyone saw everyone else wins the game.

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