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.

 

Introduction to Question Words

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

This fun question words worksheet helps elementary students learn and practice how to use question words. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by matching answers with questions. Question words and related keyword answers are shown in bold to help them. Next, students think about which question word can be used for the words and phrases shown. The students then sort the words and phrases accordingly. Students then move on to match the question words with the things they are used to ask about. After that, students use the question words to complete questions. Finally, students write questions that would elicit given answers.
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Interactive Version - This question words interactive worksheet helps to introduce question words to elementary students and provides a variety of exercises to give the students practice at using them.

 

How much? How many? Quiz

ESL How Much How Many Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this 'How much' and 'How many' activity, students take part in a quiz where they create, ask and answer 'How much' and 'How many' questions. Divide the students into two groups (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Students read the answers on their worksheet and write a 'How much' or 'How many' question for each one. When the students have finished, check the questions with each group. Working alone, the students then guess the answer to each question and write the missing number in each sentence. Next, students pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask their questions to their partner. Their partner replies to each question using the answer key at the bottom of their worksheet. For each correct guess, students score a point. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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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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How much do you know?

ESL How Question Words Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this 'How...?' question words activity, students take part in a quiz and create, ask and answer questions beginning with 'How...?' Divide the students into two groups (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Explain that the students are going to take part in a quiz, but first they are going to create quiz questions beginning with 'How...?' Working alone or with someone from their group, the students look at the answers on their worksheet and create a 'How...?' question for each one. When the students have finished, review the questions with each group. Next, students pair up with someone from the other group. The students then ask the questions and read the multiple-choice answers to their partner to see how many they can answer correctly. After the quiz, check who got the most correct answers and then have the students work with their partner to create four more multiple-choice quiz questions of their own starting with 'How..?' When the students have finished, they each find a new partner and ask them the questions. Afterwards, review their questions together as a class. You can also have the students ask their quiz questions to the class for them to answer.
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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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