Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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

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

This insightful worksheet activity can be used to help teach or review 'Wh' question words and personal information questions. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given 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, the answers are checked 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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Question Correction

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

In this insightful worksheet activity, students correct mistakes in questions. Students then use the questions to interview a partner. The class is divided into pairs. One student is given the Student A questions and Student B answer key. The other student is given the Student B questions and Student A answer key. Working alone, the students find mistakes in seven questions on their worksheet and correct them. The students then take it in turns to check their corrections with their partner who has the answer key. After the questions have been checked, students interview each other using the questions on their worksheet. Afterwards, students tell the class what they found out about their partner.

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Tell me more

ESL EFL Speaking and Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Here is an excellent activity to help students practice forming 'Wh' questions. The class is divided into teams and a sentence is written on the board, e.g. 'The report is on the desk'. The students are then told that they are feeling inquisitive and want to find out as many details as possible about the sentence. In their teams, students ask as many 'Wh' questions as they can think of about the sentence, e.g. 'What is the report about?' 'Who wrote the report?' Etc. For each grammatically correct question a team asks, they receive one point. When teams run out of questions, a new sentence is written on the board and the game continues. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. You could also have teams write down the questions. In this case, a time limit is set and their questions are scored when the time limit has been reached.

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Guess the Question

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

In this engaging worksheet activity, students complete questions with missing words and then use the questions to interview a partner. The class is divided into pairs and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students have ten minutes to complete the questions on the worksheet by deciding what the missing words are in each question. The students then work with their partner and complete the questions using a pencil. When the time limit has been reached, the questions are checked with the class. After that, the students take it in turns to choose a topic and use the questions to interview their partner. When all the questions have been asked, the students give feedback to the class on what they found out about their partner.

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I know you

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

This fast-paced speaking game is ideal for practicing or reviewing question and answer forms and question words. This game can be easily adapted to practice 'Wh' questions and answers in any tense. The class is divided into groups of six. Each group is given a set of question cards, which they shuffle and deal out evenly. On each card, students use the 'Wh' question word to write a question about another student in the group that they know the answer for. The students then write the answer in sentence form underneath the question in the space provided. Students then fold the card as indicated, concealing the answer, and put it in an envelope. When everyone has finished writing, students compete against each other to answer the questions. Students take it in turns to draw a card from the envelope and read the question to the group members. The student who is the subject of the question is not allowed to answer.  The first student to put up their hand can answer the question. The student's answer is checked against the one concealed behind the question. If the answer matches, the respondent wins the card. If not, someone else may try to answer. When all the questions have been asked, students count up their cards. The student with the most cards wins the game.

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Mike's Life

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

In this intriguing worksheet activity, students complete a text about someone's life by asking and answering 'Wh' questions. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working with the people in their group, students write the 'Wh' questions they need to find out the missing information in the text on their worksheet. When the students have finished, the questions are checked with each group. The students then pair up with someone from the other group. The students take it in turns to ask their partner the 'Wh' questions they have prepared. Students complete the gaps in the text with their partner's answers. Afterwards, students check their texts and spelling by comparing worksheets.

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Mystery Interview

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

In this entertaining worksheet activity, students practice forming interview questions. Students then ask and answer the questions in a mystery celebrity interview. Each student starts off by thinking of a famous celebrity. The students are then given a copy of the worksheet. The students use the prompts on their worksheet to create interview questions. Students also create an interview question of their own at the end. When they have finished, the questions are checked with the class. The students are then divided into pairs. The students interview their partner using the script and questions. Students note down their partner's answers in the second column of the worksheet. At the end of the interview, the interviewer guesses the name of the famous celebrity their partner is pretending to be. When it's their turn to be interviewed, students answer the questions as their chosen celebrity. When everyone has finished, students do their interviews in front of the class and the class guesses the mystery celebrity.

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Questions and Answers

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

In this useful worksheet activity, students practice various question words and structures by writing 'Wh' questions for a set of answers. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, students write 'Wh' questions for 20 answers on the worksheet. When the students have finished, they swap worksheets with a classmate for marking. Students score one point for each correct question. The student with the most points wins.

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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 question words on a bingo 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 face down in a pile on the desk. 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'. Several rounds can be played with students erasing the crosses from their bingo cards before a new game begins.

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Same as me

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

Here is a productive worksheet activity to help students 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 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, the questions are checked 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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Questions Tic-Tac-Toe

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this imaginative teaching activity, students play games of Tic-Tac-Toe by creating 'Wh' questions. A four by five grid is drawn on the board. The squares are numbered and a question word is written into each square. The class is then divided into four teams. Teams take it in turns to choose a question word from the grid. The students in the team use the question word in the square to make a 'Wh' question. The team then asks the question to the next team. To win the square, the 'Wh' 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 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, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. The first team to do this wins the game.

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