Saturday, 23 September 2017

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

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Did you...?

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

In this insightful worksheet 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 their worksheet. When the students have finished, the questions are checked with the class. The students then find one person who did each of the things shown on the worksheet and write his or her name at the start of the corresponding sentence. They do this by moving around the classroom asking each other the questions. When a student receives a 'Yes, I did' answer, the student writes the respondent’s name at the start of the corresponding sentence. Students should also ask at least one past simple 'Wh' follow-up question before moving on to speak to someone else. When the students have finished, they share their findings with the class.

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Last Week

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

In this enjoyable 'Find someone who' activity, students ask and answer past simple yes/no questions about what they did last week. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by going through the items on the worksheet and practicing the past simple yes/no questions they need to do the activity, e.g. 'Did you buy some chocolate last week?' The students then move around the classroom asking past simple yes/no questions to their classmates about what they did 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 past simple 'Wh' follow-up question, e.g. 'What kind of chocolate did you buy?' When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.

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What did I do?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

In this entertaining speaking activity, students use past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you...?' to find out what people did at different times in the past. The students are divided into groups of three or four and each group is given a set of verb cards. The students shuffle the cards and deal them out evenly. Working alone, students look at the verb on each card and write the past simple form underneath the verb. The students then think of a time in the past when they did the action and write the time expression on the card, e.g. yesterday. When they have finished, the students put 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 students. The other students then race to guess what the student did by asking past simple yes/no questions using the verb and time written on the card, e.g. 'Did you write an email yesterday?' The student replies accordingly with 'Yes, I did' or 'No, I didn't'. The first student to ask the right question keeps the card. 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 play a card game where they guess what their classmates did last night by asking past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you...?' The class is divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of picture cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the table. Students take it in turns to pick up a card, without showing it to anyone. The picture on the card shows what the student did last night. The other students then race to guess what the student did last night by asking him or her 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 student replies accordingly with 'Yes, I did' or 'No, I didn't'. The first student to ask the right question keeps the card. 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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Where did I see you?

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 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 given a card. The cards show what each student did yesterday. At some point yesterday, each student met the other members of the group. The aim of the game is for each student to work out where he or she saw the other group members. To do this, students 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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Where did you go?

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

In this engaging teaching activity, students play a guessing game where they ask a classmate past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you...?' in order to find out where they went. Each group of four is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. The group is then split into teams of two (Team A and B). One student from Team A starts by taking a card from the top of the pile. The card shows where the student went. Team B then tries to find out where the student went by asking them past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you...?' For example, 'Did you watch a movie?' 'Did you buy a phone?' 'Did you go swimming?' Etc. The student replies accordingly with 'Yes, I did' or 'No, I didn't'. If the student replies 'Yes, I did', Team B says the name of the place they think the student went 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. If they don't find out where the student went after ten questions, the card is put back at the bottom of the pile. Then, a student from Team B takes a card and it's Team A's turn to ask the questions. This process continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

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Who did what?

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

In this engaging class activity, students make guesses about things their classmates did recently. The students then find out if their guesses are 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 the things on the worksheet. Students then 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 are 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 ‘Yes, I did’, the student puts a tick in the box next to the sentence. If a classmate replies ‘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 Reading, Listening and 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 and 'Wh' questions. Each group of four is given a set of cards. The students shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pile 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 past simple 'Wh' follow-up questions to the player. 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 Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this challenging worksheet activity, students ask past simple yes/no questions to a partner in order to find out why they wrote certain answers. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students write short answers for the items on their worksheet in a random order in the speech bubbles. The students are then divided into pairs and they swap worksheets. Students take it in turns to ask past simple yes/no questions 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 past simple 'Wh' follow-up questions 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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