Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Question Words and Structure - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

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Answers and Questions

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this useful worksheet, students practice using various question structures. Students read a set of answers and write the question for each answer. The worksheet covers different question words and tenses.

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Interview Me

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This engaging speaking activity can be used to revise question words and personal information questions. Students complete a set of questions by selecting question words from a box on their worksheet. Then, in pairs, students take it in turns to interview a partner. Students make notes of the answers and ask follow-up questions. When everyone has finished, each student reports back to the class on his or her findings.

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Tell me more

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This is an excellent activity for practicing question structures. The teacher starts the activity by writing a simple sentence on the board, e.g. The report is on the desk. The students are then told that they are feeling very inquisitive and want to find out as many details as possible about the sentence. The students' task is to write down as many questions as they can think of about the sentence, e.g. What is the report about? Who wrote the report? Etc. The teacher makes up the answers to the questions as the activity progresses. This encourages the students to come up with more questions about the sentence. This ESL activity can also be played as a game with students in teams and a points system. Also, you can change the tense of the sentence on the board. The possibilities are endless.

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Guess the Question

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

In this challenging pairwork activity, students practice question words and structure. The class is divided into pairs and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. On the worksheet are five question categories: home, free time, music, family and the Internet. Each category consists of five questions that contain missing words. The students work together in pairs and decide what the missing words are in each question. After the answers have been checked, students take it in turns to choose a topic and interview their partner. When the activity is over, students give feedback to the class on their findings.

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I Know You

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

This teaching activity is ideal for teaching or reviewing question structures and question words. The questions can be easily adapted to any tense or language point the students are learning. The students are divided into groups of six. Each student writes questions about their group members. The students must also write the answers to the questions. Players compete with one another to then answer the questions. They take turns drawing a slip and reading the question. Whoever knows the answer to the questions puts their hand up and answers. If they are correct, they win the slip. The student with the highest number of slips wins the game.

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Mike's Life

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

This intriguing teaching activity helps students practice forming questions to find out missing information. The class is separated into two groups (A and B). Each group is given the same text with different missing information. The students work together with the people in their group to come up with the questions they need to ask to complete the text. When they have finished, each student is paired up with someone from the other group. Students then take it in turns to ask and answer the questions and complete the text.

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Mystery Interview

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this entertaining interview activity, students practice making questions with different question words. Students then ask and answer the questions as a mystery celebrity. Each student starts off by thinking of a famous celebrity. The students are then handed a copy of the interview worksheet. Each student uses the question words and prompts on their worksheet to create ten interview questions. When the questions have been checked, the students break into pairs and give interviews to each other as their mystery celebrity. At the end of each interview, the interviewer guesses which famous celebrity their partner is pretending to be. When everyone has finished, some pairs do their interviews in front of the class for the class to guess the identities.

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Question Correction

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

This teaching activity helps students to practice question formation. In the activity, students correct mistakes in a set of questions. Then, they ask and answer the questions with a partner. The class is divided into two groups (A and B). Each member of the group is given a corresponding worksheet. The worksheet contains twelve questions, but seven of the questions are grammatically incorrect. Students work together with someone in their group to find the seven mistakes. After that, each student pairs up with someone from the other group. They check their corrections with their partner. The students then take it in turns to ask and answer the questions about a friend or relative. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the class about their partner's friend or relative.

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Question Word Bingo

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this compelling teaching activity, students play a game of bingo by racing to make questions from words on their card. The class is divided into groups of four. Each student is given a bingo card containing question words. Each group is also given a set of topic cards, which they shuffle and place in a pile face down on the desk. Students take it in turns to pick up a topic card and read the topic to the group. The other group members then race to make a question relating to the topic using the question words on their bingo card. The first student to make a suitable question asks it to the student holding the topic card. The student holding the topic card answers the question and the other student crosses off the word from their bingo card. 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.

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Same as me

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

Here is a productive teaching activity that helps students to practice question words and formation. This activity can also be used to help students get to know each other. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing 12 sentences with information about themselves, e.g. 1. I usually wake up at seven o'clock. When the students have completed their sentences, they write a question for each sentence using the 12 question words at the top of the worksheet, e.g. What time do you usually wake up? When they have finished, the questions are checked as a class. Students then move around the classroom asking their questions. When students find someone whose answer is the same as the one they have written for themselves, they write the student’s name in the second column of the worksheet and ask follow-up questions to find out more information. They then move on to speak to another student, so they have a different name for each question. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.

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Questions Tic Tac Toe

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

Reinforce your students' knowledge of question words with this fun and imaginative teaching activity. Students are divided into four teams and shown a large Tic Tac Toe grid with a different question word in each square. Teams ask and answer questions using the question words in the squares. Teams win squares by asking and forming questions correctly. The first team to get three squares in a row wins the game.

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