Tag Questions ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Tagged

ESL Question Tags Game - Reading, Listening, Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this free question tags game, students race to complete sentences with positive or negative question tags. In groups, the student with the questions turns over a card and reads the beginning of a tag question aloud. The other two students then race to find the correct tag to complete the question from their set. The first student to give the question tag to the reader and say the complete tag question wins and keeps both cards. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. Afterwards, the students swap roles, giving the student who read out the questions a chance to play.
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Two Halves

ESL Tag Questions Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this tag questions game, students match affirmative and negative statements with their respective tags to make tag questions. In pairs, students match affirmative or negative sentence cards and tag cards together to make tag questions. Pairs score one point for each correct tag question. The pair with the most points wins the game. As an extension, the pairs can play a pelmanism game with the cards.
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Do you know your classmates?

ESL Tag Questions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a free tag questions speaking activity to help students practice tag questions and short answers. Students begin by writing the name of a classmate in each sentence on the worksheet that they think best matches the statement. When the students have finished, they ask their classmates tag questions to see if their statements are right or wrong. Students score one point for each correct statement. The student with the most correct statements is the winner.
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How much can you remember?

ESL Tag Questions Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 45 minutes

Here is a tag questions game that helps students to practice mixed question and answer forms, and tag questions. In the game, students ask and answer questions and then check how much information they remember by asking tag questions. In groups, students take it in turns to ask and answer the questions on their cards. However, students are not allowed to write down any answers. When the students have finished, they write a tag question for each answer they received. The students then check how much they remember by taking it in turns to ask and answer their tag questions. For each tag question that receives a yes answer, students get one point. When all the tag questions have been asked and answered, the students add up their scores. The student with the most points wins the game.
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Introduction to Question Tags

ESL Tag Questions Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This introduction to question tags worksheet helps students learn how to make tag questions. In the first exercise, students match question tags to sentences to make tag questions. Students then complete tag questions with words from a box. Students then move on to correct mistakes in tag questions. In the last exercise, students write tags to complete tag questions.
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Interactive Version - Here is a tag questions interactive worksheet helps to teach students how to make tag questions.

 

It's true, isn't it?

ESL Tag Questions Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this insightful tag questions game, students write and ask tag questions in order to confirm true information about a partner. In pairs, students complete 12 tag questions on their worksheet in a way that they think is true for their partner. Half the questions require a positive response and half require a negative response. Students then take it in turns to ask and answer the questions with their partner. Each time their partner replies using one of the short answers in the table on the worksheet, the student crosses it off. The aim of the game is to cross out as many answers as possible. To cross off all the answers, every question must be true for their partner. The student who crosses off the most answers in each pair wins.
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Interactive Version - In this question tags breakout room activity, pairs of students write tag questions and then confirm information about their partner using the questions.

 

Question Tag Dominoes

ESL Tag Questions Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this entertaining tag question dominoes game, students match question tags to affirmative and negative statements and vice-versa. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the domino on the table, making sure the affirmative or negative statement matches with the question tag on the domino or vice-versa. The player then reads the tag question to the group for confirmation. If the tag question is incorrect, the player must take the domino back. Play then passes to the next student and so on. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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Question Tag Snap

ESL Question Tags Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a free question tags game for students to play in class. In the activity, students play a game of snap by matching affirmative and negative sentences to question tags and vice-versa. The first player turns over the top card from their pile and places it face up in the sentence or tag box. The other player then puts down one of their cards and so on. The first player to shout 'snap' when they see that a sentence and tag match to make a tag question wins all the cards in both boxes. The third student then writes down the tag question. The aim of the game is to have all the cards in your pile. The first player to get all the cards wins the game. Afterwards, the students swap roles, giving the writer a chance to play.
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You remember, don't you?

ESL Tag Questions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this engaging tag questions speaking activity, students ask and answer questions and then check how many answers they can remember by asking tag questions. Students fold their worksheets and hold the paper so the question prompts are facing them. Students then take it in turns to ask and answer the questions with their partner. However, students don't write down any of the answers. Instead, when the students have finished asking the questions, they unfold their worksheet and write a tag question for each item to check how many answers they can remember. The students then take it in turns to ask and answer their tag questions. For each correctly remembered item, students get one point. The students record their points by putting a tick or cross in the last column. The student with the most points wins.
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I'm right, aren't I?

ESL Tag Questions Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this rewarding tag questions game, students guess whether statements about a partner are true or false and then ask tag questions to confirm the information. First, students complete the statements in the first column of the worksheet with true and false information. Half the sentences should be true and half should be false. Next, students swap their worksheets with a partner. The students then read their partner's statements and decide if they are true or false, writing their answer next to each statement. The students then take it in turns to ask a tag question to confirm the information based on their opinion. For example, if Student A wrote 'I like going to parties', but Student B thinks the statement is false, they ask 'You don't like going to parties, do you?' If Student B thinks the sentence is true, they would ask 'You like going to parties, don't you?' Their partner then reveals the correct answer by answering the tag question. The student with the most correct guesses at the end of the game wins.
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Interactive Version - In this tag questions breakout room activity, pairs of students play a game where they guess whether information about their partner is true or false and then ask tag questions for confirmation.

 

Let's Find Out

ESL Tag Questions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 45 minutes

In this tag questions activity, students find out their classmates' opinions on certain topics. Students begin by ticking statements on the worksheet that they agree with. In groups, students then interview the other members of their group to find out their opinion on each statement. They do this by asking one another tag questions, e.g. 'You would like to be ten years younger, wouldn’t you?' Students record the statements that each group member agrees with by putting a tick in the appropriate column on the worksheet. When the students have finished, they tally the results and write sentences about their group's opinions using the phrases: All of us, Some of us, etc. Afterwards, groups report back to the class on their findings.
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No Doubt

ESL Tag Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this tag questions activity, students use tag questions to check information that they are sure and unsure of. To begin, students complete six sentences on the worksheet with names of students they are sure match with the information in the statements. The students then write six more statements about their classmates, three they are quite sure of and three they are unsure of. The students write a mixture of affirmative and negative statements in various tenses. When the students have finished, they check the information by asking tag questions to the people they wrote about. Students put a tick or cross next to each statement, depending on whether it is right or wrong. When everyone has finished, students tell the class how many statements they guessed correctly.
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Tag Questionnaire

ESL Tag Questions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this free communicative tag questions activity, students conduct a class questionnaire using tag questions. First, students complete questions on their worksheet with positive and negative tags. Students also create two more tag questions of their own. Students then walk around the classroom asking the tag questions to students who they think can confirm the information in each question. When a classmate answers appropriately, confirming the information in the question, the student writes down their name. The student then asks a follow-up question to gain more information, noting down the answer. When everyone has finished the activity, students give feedback to the class on what they found out.
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Tic-Tac-Toe Tags

ESL Question Tags Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

This question tags game can be used to review tag questions and short answers. Draw a four by five grid on the board. Number the squares and write a question tag in each one. Next, teams take it in turns to choose a question tag from the grid. The students in the team use the tag in the square to make a tag question. The team then asks the tag question to the next team. To win the square, the tag question must be grammatically correct and contain a minimum of six words. The next team must answer the question appropriately or they lose their turn to choose a square. If a tag question is grammatically incorrect or less than six words in length, play passes to the next team, without them having to answer a question. The aim of the game is for the teams to get three squares in a row. The first team to do this wins the game.
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