Demonstrative Pronouns ESL Worksheets, Games and Activities

That is a Drawing

ESL Demonstrative Pronouns Game - Drawing and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this demonstrative pronouns activity, students play a game of Pictionary where they make sentences about pictures using demonstrative pronouns. On the board, draw a horizontal line, dividing the board into two equal parts. Explain that the lower part is close and the upper part is further away. Tell the students that for things that are in close proximity, they must make sentences with the demonstrative pronouns 'this' or 'these'. For things that are farther away, they must make sentences with 'that' or 'those'. Invite a student from Team A to come up to the board. Give the student a card, e.g. a banana (that). The student then draws the item written on the card in the upper or lower part of the board to correspond with the pronoun. The first student to identify the item being drawn and make a sentence with the correct demonstrative pronoun scores a point for their team, e.g. 'That is a banana'. A student from Team B then comes to the board and so on. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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This, That, These and Those

ESL This, That, These, Those Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

This demonstrative pronouns worksheet helps students learn and practice how to use this, that, these and those as pronouns. Students begin by reading sentences containing demonstrative pronouns and writing them in the correct location in a table. Next, students read a conversation between a new student, Jack, and another student, Ruby, who is showing him their classroom. The students then draw the items mentioned in the dialogue near each character. Students then read sentences and circle the correct words. Finally, students look at pictures and complete six sentences that contain demonstrative pronouns. The students then find the six words used to complete the sentences in a word search.
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This, That, These or Those?

ESL Demonstrative Pronouns Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free demonstrative pronouns worksheet, students practice how to use the pronouns: this, that, these and those. Students start by completing sentences with the demonstrative pronouns 'this' or 'these', depending on whether the object is singular or plural. Students then continue by completing a set of sentences with 'that' and 'those'. Next, students read sentences and underline the correct demonstrative pronouns. After that, students read sentences and change them from singular to plural or vice versa. Finally, students read two texts and do a gap-fill exercise where they fill in each gap with a demonstrative pronoun: this, these, that or those.
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Whose is whose?

ESL Demonstrative Pronouns Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This demonstrative pronouns activity helps students practice the pronouns: this, that, these and those. To begin, students read house description extracts from a real estate agent and underline the demonstrative pronouns in the text. Next, students read about two children and match them to the bedrooms described by the agent. In pairs, students then play a game where they have to find out which items belong to the two children, Anna or Cristof. The students take it in turns to read an object description aloud from a chart on their worksheet. The first student to guess what the object is and whose room it's from, scores a point. To score a point, students must make two sentences using the demonstrative pronouns 'this' or 'these' for objects from their own chart and 'that' or 'those' for objects from their partner's chart. For example, Student A reads a description and says 'You use this to solve mathematical problems'. If Student A is the first to identify the object from the description, they make two sentences, e.g. 'This is a calculator. This is in Cristof's room'. If Student B identifies the object first, they would say 'That is a calculator. That is in Cristof's room'. If a student makes a mistake, the other student gets to answer. When a correct answer has been given, the student with the description writes the object and whose room it's in on their chart. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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