Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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

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Daily Routines

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

In this engaging worksheet activity, students ask and answer present simple yes/no questions about their daily routine and the daily routine of someone they know. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. In the 'What time?' column, the students write the time they do each routine activity. In the other column, the students write what they do. After that, students complete the daily routine of someone they know well. This could be a friend or family member. The students write this part using the third-person singular. The students are then divided into pairs. Students fold their paper so the 'What time?' column is facing their partner and the 'What do you do?' column is facing them. The students then take it in turns to guess what their partner does every day at the times shown by asking present simple yes/no questions with 'Do you...?' For example, 'Do you brush your teeth at 8 a.m.?' When their partner replies 'Yes, I do', the student moves on to the next time. This continues until all the right questions have been asked. This process is repeated with someone they know, but this time the students ask and answer present simple yes/no questions with the third-person singular.

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Do you know me?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this fun worksheet activity, students practice asking and answering present simple yes/no questions with 'Do you...?' The class is divided into pairs and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students complete ten present simple yes/no questions on their worksheet with their own ideas. When the students have finished writing, they decide if their partner would reply yes or no to each question. Students write their guesses in the 'yes/no' column. One student then starts by asking the questions on their worksheet to their partner to find out if their guesses are right or wrong. Their partner replies 'Yes, I do' or 'No, I don't' accordingly. The student puts a tick for each correct guess or a cross if their guess is wrong in the last column of the worksheet. When the questions have been asked and answered, the students swap roles. Afterwards, students tally up their scores to see who has the most correct guesses. The student with the most correct guesses wins.

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Does he/she...?

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

In this rewarding worksheet activity, students practice asking and answering present simple yes/no questions with the third-person singular. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding A or B worksheet. The students begin by writing the name of someone they know very well and their relationship with them at the top of the worksheet, e.g. 'His name is Jason. He is my best friend'. The students then swap their worksheet with their partner. Students take it in turns to ask their partner present simple yes/no questions about the person at the top of the worksheet using the prompts in the first column, e.g. 'Does Jason live near here?' Their partner replies yes or no accordingly and gives additional information if possible, e.g. 'Yes, he does. He lives on Park Avenue'. The student then makes notes about their partner's answer on the worksheet. When all the questions have been asked and answered, the students develop their notes into present simple sentences in the third person singular, e.g. 'Jason is Matt's best friend. He lives near here on Park Avenue. He drinks coffee every morning', etc. Finally, students take it in turns to read their sentences to the class.

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Find me

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 45 Minutes

In this comprehensive worksheet activity, students practice asking and answering present simple yes/no questions with the 'verb to be' and 'do'. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by completing 20 present simple yes/no questions with the correct form of the 'verb to be' or 'do'. After the questions have been checked, the students answer the questions by writing a short answer underneath each question. The worksheets are then collected in and redistributed. The students' task is to find out who their new worksheet belongs to by asking the present simple yes/no questions from the worksheet to their classmates. The students go around asking and answering the questions with different classmates until they find the student whose answers match the ones on their worksheet. Afterwards, students use the information on the worksheet to write a paragraph about their classmate using the third-person singular. Students then read their paragraphs to the class.

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Find someone who…

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

In this enjoyable worksheet activity, students ask and answer present simple yes/no questions with 'Do you...?' in order to find out about their classmates' habits and routines. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. After reviewing how to construct present simple yes/no questions from the items on the worksheet, students go around the class and ask each other the questions. When a student finds a classmate whose answer matches with an item on the worksheet, the student notes down their name. The student then asks one or two present simple 'Wh' follow-up questions and writes their classmate's response in the last column of the worksheet. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out about their classmates.

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Is it true?

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this insightful speaking activity, students ask present simple yes/no questions with 'Do you...?' in order to find out if certain statements are true or false about the class. Each student is given a statement slip. The students' task is to find out if the statement is true or false by interviewing the other students in the class. Individually, students prepare the present simple yes/no question they will need to ask. Students then go around asking their question to the other students. Students mark each response by putting a tick or cross on their slip of paper. When a student has enough information and knows whether their statement is true or false, they sit down. Afterwards, the class decides whether they think each statement is true or false before the answer is revealed by the student.

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Who wrote it?

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

This captivating speaking activity helps to teach students how to ask present simple yes/no questions about routine activities. The activity also helps students to practice various adverbs of frequency and time expressions used with the present simple. Students begin by completing present simple sentence cards with true information about themselves. When the students have finished writing, they put all the sentences into a box in the middle of the room. The students then take one card each from the box. The students then go around the class asking present simple yes/ no questions to find the person who wrote the sentence on their card, e.g. 'Do you sometimes go fishing with your friend at the weekend?' When a student finds the person who wrote the sentence, they write the person’s name on the card, keep it, and take another one from the box. The students repeat the activity until there are no sentences left. The student with the most sentences at the end is the winner. Finally, students report back to the class on what they found out about their classmates' routine activities.

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Yes/No Question Game

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

In this engaging teaching activity, students practice forming present simple yes/no questions with 'do' and 'does'. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students then pair up with someone in their group to make teams of two. In their teams, students work together to form as many present simple yes/no questions as possible from the words on their worksheet. After a time limit has been reached, (e.g. ten minutes), the teams stop writing. Each team then pairs up with an opposing team (A and B). Teams take it in turns to ask their questions to the other team. For every grammatically correct question a team asks, they get two points. For every appropriate short answer the other team gives, they get one point. A different student must ask and answer each time. When all the questions have been asked and answered, the teams tally up their points. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Find a Roommate

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

In this intriguing worksheet activity, students establish their own criteria for finding a compatible roommate. The students then ask and answer present simple yes/no questions with the 'verb to be' and 'do' to find the most suitable candidate in the classroom. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students think about what kind of roommate they would like to have by completing the left-hand side of the 'Roommate Survey Form'. Students consider each pair of statements on the worksheet and put a tick next to the one that best expresses their view. Students use the two statements in the first section to help them eliminate classmates who are not compatible in those two areas. Students write the names of the classmates they didn’t eliminate in the boxes at the top of the chart. Students then interview each candidate on the remaining points in the second section, putting a tick in the box below their name each time a candidate agrees with their view. When the students have finished their survey, they add up the ticks to see which classmate would be the most suitable roommate.

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Present Simple Yes/No Questions Practice

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

This set of three worksheets can be used to practice or review present simple yes/no questions with 'do' and 'does' and short answers. The students begin by completing present simple yes/no questions with 'do' and 'does'. Following that, the students write present simple yes/no questions for a set of answers. Students then complete short answers to questions. Finally, students write present simple yes/no questions in a conversation between two people.

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Work it out

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

In this challenging worksheet activity, students ask present simple yes/no questions with the third-person singular to find out what short answers on a worksheet relate to. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Each student writes the names of three people they know very well at the top of the three columns on their worksheet. The students then write five things about each person by choosing information from ten items. Students write one or two-word answers for each item in a random order in a large box at the bottom of the worksheet. When the students have finished, they are divided into pairs and they swap worksheets with their partner. The students then take it in turns to ask present simple yes/no questions to find out who and what the short answers relate to. For example, if Student A wrote the names Mia, Emma and Ben and the answer 'football' is written in the large box, Student B might ask 'Does Ben play football?' If Student A answers 'Yes, he does', Student B writes 'plays football' in the column under Ben’s name. If Student A answers 'No, he doesn't', Student B continues asking questions until he or she has found out who and what the word 'football' relates to, e.g. 'Does Mia hate football?' Students continue taking it in turns to ask and answer questions until they have both completed the table at the top of the worksheet with five pieces of information about each person. Afterwards, students write a short present simple paragraph about each person, based on the information in the table at the top of their worksheet.

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