Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Present Simple Subject-Verb Agreement - ESL EFL Games, Activities and Worksheets

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Fun with Verbs

ESL EFL Matching and Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

Here is an excellent multi-purpose worksheet for teaching students verb-noun collocations and subject-verb agreement in the present simple. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching each verb on their worksheet with three nouns. After they have matched the verbs and nouns together, the students practice subject-verb agreement. They do this by writing a present simple sentence for each verb using a subject pronoun and the three nouns. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class.

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Present Simple Draughts

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

Here is a creative way to teach your students about present simple subject-verb agreement. The class is divided into pairs. One student is given a set of game 1 pronoun/noun counters and the other is given a set of verb counters. Students then play a game of draughts using subject-verb agreement. A pronoun/noun counter may only take a verb counter or vice versa when there is subject-verb agreement between them. For example, the 'You' counter can take the 'ask' counter but cannot take the 'wants' counter. When there is subject-verb agreement, the student makes a present simple sentence using the two words before their opponent's counter is taken. If a student manages to get their counter across the board, the counter becomes a queen. The queen can move around the board freely one square at a time and has subject-verb agreement with all counters. When the students have finished playing, they are given a set of game 2 draughts and the students play again using new pronouns, nouns and verbs. As an extension, students can swap counters and play more games.

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Present Simple Subject-Verb Practice

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

This useful worksheet activity is ideal for practicing or reviewing present simple subject-verb agreement. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing 20 affirmative and negative sentences and questions in the first, second and third-person with the present simple form of the verbs in brackets. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class. After that, students create their own present simple sentences and questions using various subject pronouns and verbs. Then, in pairs, the students read their sentences to each other and check for mistakes.

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Present Simple Relay Race

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

Here is an energizing worksheet activity that offers extensive practice of present simple subject-verb agreement and third-person singular verb forms. Two present simple texts (A and B) are stuck in different places on a wall outside the classroom. The texts are about two people's daily routine. The students are divided into pairs. One student is the 'reader' and the other is the 'writer'. The writers are given a copy of worksheet A. The writers read out the first gapped sentence to their reader. The reader runs to Text A, reads the text to find the information to complete the sentence, remembers it, runs back, and tells the writer. The writer then completes the sentence. This procedure is repeated with all 12 sentences. When a pair has completed the sentences, their answers are checked. If their sentences use the correct subject-verb agreement and third-person singular verb forms, the students swap roles. The new reader uses Text B and the new writer is given a copy of worksheet B. The process is then repeated. The first pair of students to finish wins.

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Third Person Tic-Tac-Toe

ESL EFL Matching, Writing, Reading and Pronunciation Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students play games of Tic-Tac-Toe by completing and pronouncing present simple sentences with third-person singular verb forms. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The first student chooses a square and decides which verb in the box at the top of the worksheet can be used to complete the sentence. The student writes the verb in the square, making sure that the spelling is correct. The student then reads the sentence aloud, pronouncing the third-person singular verb form correctly. If the student does this successfully, they write their name in the square. If not, the other student can steal the square by correcting the spelling or pronunciation. This continues back and forth until one of the students gets three squares in a row. When the students have finished a game, their answers are checked. If the third-person singular verb forms and pronunciation are correct, they move onto a second game. The first pair to complete both games with correct verb forms and pronunciation is the winner.

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Who are you?

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Drawing Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

Here is an engaging worksheet activity to help teach students present simple subject-verb agreement and third-person singular verb forms. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing present simple sentences with information about themselves. The students also create two more present simple sentences of their own at the end. Afterwards, the students draw a picture of what they look like. When the students have finished, they write the same information about their best friend, but this time they write present simple sentences using the third-person singular. Students also draw a picture of what their best friend looks like. Afterwards, students read their sentences and show their pictures to the class.

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Present Simple Practice

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes

In this productive lesson, students learn to identify the rules and verb forms associated with the present simple tense. Students start by writing third-person singular verb forms, adding –s, -es, or –ies to the end of verbs. The students then complete the spelling rules for third-person singular verb forms by going through their list of verbs. Students then underline the correct verb form in a set of present simple sentences and write what they understand about subject-verb agreement in the present simple. After that, the students fill in the correct verb forms in affirmative and negative sentences and write the rules for negative verb forms in the present simple. Finally, students rewrite sentences, adding adverbs of frequency and frequency expressions in the correct position. After which, they complete sentences, explaining the correct position of frequency adverbs and expressions in a sentence.

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The Name Game

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

Here is an excellent board game to help students practice subject-verb agreement and the pronunciation of present simple third-person singular verb forms. In the activity, students play a board game where they make true present simple affirmative sentences about their classmates. The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Each player also writes their name on eight blank name cards. All the name cards are shuffled together and placed in a pile face down on the table. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, they take a name card from the top of the pile. If the card shows their own name, they put it back and take another one until they turn up the name of one of the other players. The player then reads out the name on the card and tries to make a true present simple affirmative sentence about the person using the verb marked on the square, pronouncing the third-person singular verb form correctly. The person whose name is on the card tells the player if their sentence is right or wrong. If the sentence is true, the player stays on the square. If the sentence is untrue or the pronunciation/grammar is incorrect, the player goes back to their previous square. The first player to reach the finish wins the game.

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