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Blast from the Past

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this captivating speaking activity, students play a game where they talk about how things were different in the past using 'used to' and 'didn’t use to'. The class is divided into groups of three. Each group is given a set of topic 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 and talk about the topic on the card, saying how the thing was different in the past using 'used to' and 'didn’t use to'. The students must talk about each topic for a minimum of 30 seconds. Each time a student makes a sentence with 'used to' or 'didn’t use to', they score one point. For example, if the topic was computers, a student might say, "Computers used to have floppy disks. The monitors didn’t use to be slim and flat like they are today, etc…" When a member of the group is talking, the other students time the speaker and award points. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to discuss how each thing was different in the past using the target language.

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Did you use to...?

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

In this engaging worksheet activity, students conduct a survey to find out what their classmates' lives were like as a child by asking and answering 'Did you use to...?' questions. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students complete the worksheet with a 'Did you use to…?' question for each category. For example, in the games category a student might write: Did you use to play hide and seek as a child? When everybody has finished, students go around the class, asking each other their questions and noting down the answers by putting a tick for yes and a cross for no in the appropriate column on the worksheet. When the students have finished, they summarize and report back their findings to the class.

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Growing Up Board Game

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

In this enjoyable board game, students practice 'used to' and the past simple by discussing and answering questions about childhood memories. This game also provides students with a great opportunity to practice building a conversation about growing up and is ideal for teenagers and adults. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. The players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, the student on their right asks the player the question on the square about their experience of growing up. The player then uses 'used to' and the past simple to answer the question. The group then explores the topic by asking follow-up questions and giving comments. The first student to reach the finish square wins the game.

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My Childhood

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

In this entertaining worksheet activity, students play a guessing game where they give true and false information about their childhood using 'used to'. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students' task is to answer each prompt on their worksheet with true or false information as indicated. Working alone, students write their answers in sentence form using 'used to'. When the students have finished writing, they pair up with someone from the other group. Student A goes first and tells Student B their first answer, e.g. 'I used to love playing chess when I was a child'. Student B then asks follow-up questions to help them decided the answer is real or invented. Student B then guesses if Student A is lying or telling the truth and the correct answer is revealed. If Student B guesses correctly, he or she wins a point. The students then swap roles. This continues back and forth until all the answers have been revealed. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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People used to...

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

In this intriguing worksheet activity, students play a guessing game where they talk about what people used to do and didn't use to do before certain inventions existed. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students work together with the people in their group and complete sentences about what people used to do and didn't use to do before the invention of each item on their worksheet. When the students have finished, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to read their sentences to their partner, without saying the underlined invention. Instead, students use the word 'blank' as the missing word in the sentence, e.g. 'Before the invention of the 'blank', people used to...' Their partner then tries to guess the invention. For each correct guess, students win a point. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Recent Changes

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

In this fun worksheet activity, students play a guessing game where they talk about recent changes in their lives using 'I used to...', 'I didn't use to...' and 'I'm getting used to...' The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The worksheet shows recent changes in the student's life. The students' task is to write sentences about what they used to do, didn't use to do, and what they are getting used to, regarding each situation. Working with the people in their group, the students complete the sentences in a way that is appropriate for each situation. When the students have finished writing, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to read out the three sentences for each situation. Their partner has three chances to guess the situation. For each correct guess, students win a point. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Then and Now

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

In this compelling worksheet activity, students ask and answer questions about the way things used to be when they were 12 and the way things are now using 'used to' and the present simple. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by thinking back to when they were 12 years old. The students use 'used to' to write answers to questions about their past habits, routines and states under the heading 'When I was 12 years old' on their worksheet. When the students have done that, they write answers under the heading 'Now', but this time they use the present simple to talk about present habits, routines and states. When they have completed both sets of answers, the students are divided into pairs. The students then take it in turns to ask and answer questions about the way things used to be when they were 12 and the way things are now by referring to the information on their worksheet. When the students have finished, they tell the class about how their partner has changed.

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Usually, Used to, Get used to - Board Game

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

Here is a fun board game to help students practice asking and answering questions about things they usually do, used to do, or could/couldn’t get used to doing. The students are divided into pairs. Each pair is given a copy of the game board, a dice and two counters. The students place their counters on the start square. The students then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a square, the student forms a question from the prompt on the square with either 'Do you usually...?', 'Did you use to...?' or 'Do you think you could get used to...?' The student then asks the question to their partner who answers accordingly. If the question is formed correctly, the student stays on the square. If not, the student goes back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.

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Life Changes

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

This insightful worksheet activity is ideal for practicing or reviewing the various forms of 'used to' (e.g. get used to, getting used to, etc). In the activity, students ask and answer questions about the past and present using the various forms. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students answer questions on their worksheet by writing short answers in a random order in speech bubbles. When the students have finished, they are divided into pairs and exchange worksheets. Students then take it in turns to choose an answer from one of their partner's speech bubbles and ask them questions to find out what the answer refers to. For example, if a student wrote the word 'beach' in one of the speech bubbles, their partner might ask: Did you use to go to the beach all the time? Did you use to go to the beach on holiday? Etc. The student replies yes or no accordingly. When a student asks the right question, their partner explains their answer, e.g. 'Yes, I did. I used to live near a beach when I was younger. I used to play on the beach after school with my friends', etc. After the answer has been explained and discussed, the student puts a tick next to the bubble and the students swap roles. At the end of the activity, students report back to the class on the most interesting things they found out about their partner.

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Memories

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 45 Minutes

In this enjoyable worksheet activity, students play a game where they ask and answer 'Did you use to...?' questions about past habits and memories. The aim of the game is to ask the right questions. The students are divided into pairs and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students look at the sentences in bold on the worksheet and write a 'Did you use to...?' question for each one to ask about their partner's past habits and memories. The students then write a true short answer for each sentence in bold at the bottom of the worksheet. Afterwards, the students take it in turns to ask and answer the questions they have prepared. For each sentence, students ask their partner up to three questions. The students begin by asking the question they have written. Students then use the structure of the question to come up with two more questions if need be. If the first question is correct, the student receives three points. If the second question is right, the student receives two points. If their third question is right, the student gets one point. If none of the questions are right, their partner reveals the correct answer. The student with the highest score at the end of the game wins.

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What's changed?

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this entertaining activity, students play a card game where they describe changes that have happened in their lives using used to, didn’t use to, getting used to, would and wouldn’t. The class is divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and deal out equally. Each card shows a change that has happened in the student's life. The students' task is to think of sentences that demonstrate that change using used to, didn’t use to, getting used to, would and wouldn’t. When the students are ready, they begin the game. Students take it in turns to choose one of their cards and make sentences, describing the change on the card using would(n't) and the various forms of 'used to'. The other students listen and try to guess the change. The first student to guess correctly wins the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

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