Question Words ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

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ESL Question Words Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (A1-A2) - Elementary - 30 minutes

This free question words activity can be used to help teach or review question words and personal information questions. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Working alone, students use question words in a box to complete questions on their worksheet. When the students have completed the questions, check the answers with the class. Students then take it in turns to ask the questions to their partner. Students note down their partner's answers and ask Wh follow-up questions to gain more information. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the class on what they found out about their partner.
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Interactive Version - In this question words breakout room activity, students practice question words and then ask and answer personal information questions with a partner.

 

Question Words Bingo

ESL Question Words Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free question words game, students play bingo by racing to make questions from question words. Give each group of four a set of topic cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Also, give each student a bingo card containing question words. Students take it in turns to pick up a topic card and read the topic to the group, e.g. hobbies and free time. The other group members then race to make a question relating to the topic using one of the question words on their bingo card. The first student to ask a suitable question to the student holding the card wins, e.g. 'What is your favourite hobby?' The student holding the card then answers the question and the other student crosses off the question word from their bingo card with a pencil. The next student then picks up a topic card and the process is repeated. The first student to cross off all the question words on their bingo card wins the game and shouts 'bingo'. Have the students play several rounds with them erasing the crosses from their bingo cards before a new game begins.
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Same as me

ESL Question Words Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

Here is a question words activity to help students practice forming questions with specific question words. This activity can also be used to help students get to know each other. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing 12 sentences with true information about themselves, e.g. 'I usually wake up at seven o'clock'. When the students have completed their sentences, they write a question for each sentence using 12 question words at the top of the worksheet, e.g. 'What time do you usually wake up?' When they have finished, check the questions with the class. Students then move around the classroom asking the questions. When a student finds someone whose answer is the same as what they have written, the student writes the person’s name in the second column of the worksheet and asks Wh follow-up questions to gain more information. Students then move on to speak to another person, so they have a different name for each item. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.
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Make a Question

ESL Question Words Game - Reading, Matching, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 30 minutes

In this free question words speaking activity, students play a card game where they match question words to endings and ask the questions to other students. Give each group of three or four a set of question word cards and a set of question ending cards. The students shuffle the question word cards and place them face down in a pile on the table. The question ending cards are shuffled and dealt out evenly. The students then take it in turns to pick up a question word card from the top of the pile and try to put it together with one of their ending cards to make a meaningful question. If the student is able to do this, they lay the two cards on the table and ask the question to the other students in the group. After the question has been discussed, the two cards are removed from the game and play passes to the next student. If a meaningful question cannot be made, the question word card is placed at the bottom of the pile and the next student takes their turn. The first student to get rid of all their ending cards wins the game.
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Question Words

ESL Question Words Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This printable question words worksheet helps students practice or review question words and Wh questions. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by matching each question word with its usage. Next, students complete a dialogue with the question words from Exercise A and then role-play the conversation with a partner. After that, students use words to write complete questions and then match each question to the correct answer. In the last exercise, students write questions that elicit a set of answers.
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Interactive Version - In this question words interactive worksheet, students complete a range of exercises to review or practice question words and Wh questions.

 
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