Sunday, 17 December 2017

Relative Clauses and Pronouns - ESL EFL Games, Activities and Worksheets

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Fold your Arms

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

In this amusing card game, students describe pictures of objects, people, places, and times with defining relative clauses. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of picture cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Students take it in turns to pick up the top card, look at the picture, place the card face down and fold their arms. The student then describes the object, person, place or time to the other students using defining relative clauses. When describing pictures, students must keep their arms folded. This is to stop them from miming or using gestures. Students are also not allowed to say the name of the object, person, place or time or use variations of the word. The first student to guess the word wins and keeps the card. If no one guesses the word, the card is placed at the bottom of the pile. The next student then picks up a card and so on. Students continue taking turns describing the pictures on the cards until there are no cards left in the pile. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

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I didn't know that!

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

In this entertaining worksheet activity, students write imaginary information about their classmates using non-defining relative clauses with 'who'. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by writing down the names of everyone in the class or group in the first column of the worksheet. The students then sit in a circle and fold their worksheet so only the 'Relative clauses' column is showing. The students complete the first non-defining relative clause with 'who' any way they like. The students then pass the worksheet to the person on their right and complete the next relative clause. This procedure is repeated until all the relative clauses with 'who' have been completed. After that, the students do the same with the ‘Verb phrases’ column. When the students have finished, they open out their completed worksheet and read the sentences, correcting any mistakes they find. The students then read out their sentences to the class or group. The student who is the subject of each sentence says whether the information is true or not. Finally, the students are divided into small groups. The students take it in turns to read out their sentences and the other students change the sentences to make them true.

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Relative Clause Bingo

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

In this engaging teaching activity, students play a game of bingo by describing people, places and things using defining relative clauses. The class is divided into groups of four. Each student is given a bingo card and each group is given a set of word cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. The students take it in turns to take a card from the top of the pile and describe the person, place or thing on the card using a defining relative clause, e.g. 'It is a place where...' The other students in the group try to guess the word. When the word has been guessed, the students who have the word on their bingo card cross it off. If the students are having difficulty guessing the word, the student who is describing can give more definitions. The next student then picks up a word card and so on. The first student to cross off all the words on their card shouts 'bingo' and wins the game.

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Relative Clause Crossword

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

In this fun crossword activity, students practice describing words using defining relative clauses with who, where, which and that. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Both groups have the same crossword, but Group A has the words across and Group B has the words down. The students' task is to write definitions for the words using defining relative clauses. Working together with the other people in their group, students write down definitions for the words on their crossword. When the students have finished, they pair up with someone from the other group. Students then take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of the missing words on their crossword, e.g. 'What's 1 down?' Their partner then defines the word that appears on their half of the crossword using a defining relative clause. The student then tries to guess the word. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write it in the crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they check their answers and spelling by comparing worksheets.

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The Relative Chain Game

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

In this challenging group activity, students play a card game where they extend a sentence with defining and non-defining relative clauses to make the longest sentence possible. Each group of three or four is given a set of relative pronoun cards and a set of picture cards. Four relative pronoun cards and four picture cards are dealt to each player. The rest of the cards are placed face down in two piles. The first player chooses one of their picture cards and places it face up on the table. The player then begins a sentence about the picture. For example, 'My father...' The players then take it in turns to continue the sentence by adding a clause with a picture card or adding an appropriate relative pronoun. If the next player puts down a relative pronoun card (e.g. who), the player after must put down a picture card (e.g. pilot) and say the next part of the sentence. For example, 'My father, who is a pilot,...' If the next player puts down a picture card (e.g. school), he or she says the next part of the sentence. For example, 'My father works in a school'. The player after must put down an appropriate relative pronoun card to extend the sentence, e.g. 'My father works in a school, where...' Players write the sentence down as they go, e.g. 'My father, who is a pilot, works in Singapore, where he met my mother, who owns a shop, which sells cats', etc. When a player has completed their turn, they pick up another card from one of the piles. The game ends when no-one can go and there are no more cards left to pick up. The groups then read out their sentences to the class. The group with the longest grammatically correct sentence wins.

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What's the word?

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

Here is a fun guessing game to help students practice using defining relative clauses with who, which and where. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of word cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. The students then take it in turns to pick up a card (e.g. library) and give a definition of the word on the card using a defining relative clause, e g. 'It's a place where people read books'. The first student to guess the word keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

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Who, Which, When, Where

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this productive teaching activity, students practice describing people, things, places and times using defining and non-defining relative clauses. Each student is given a card containing the relative pronouns who, which, when, and where. Students write two words relating to each relative pronoun in the 'My wordlist' column on the card, without showing their answers to anyone. On a separate piece of paper, students then write a description for each word in their wordlist using defining and non-defining relative clauses. Afterwards, the class is divided into groups of four. The students then take it in turns to read out a description for a word on their card to the other group members. The first student to guess the word wins. The student describing the word then writes the name of the person who guessed correctly in the 'Name' column next to the word. This continues until all the words have been guessed. Afterwards, the students add up how many times each person's name appears on their card. The student who guessed the most words wins the game.

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Word Bluff

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this engaging worksheet activity, students invent false definitions for words using defining relative clauses and then play a game where they guess which definition for a word is correct. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The worksheet shows correct definitions for words. The students' task is to invent two false definitions for each word by completing the defining relative clauses on the worksheet. Working with the people in their group, students write their false definitions. When the students have finished, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students then play a game where they guess which definition for a word is correct. Students take it in turns to read out three possible definitions for a word on their worksheet, without saying which definition is correct. Their partner then guesses the correct definition. For each correct guess, students win a point. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

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