Demonstrative Pronouns ESL Games, Worksheets and Activities

Pronoun Pair-Up

ESL This, That, These, Those Game - Vocabulary and Speaking: Pelmanism, Matching, Forming Sentences from Prompts, Controlled Practice - Pair Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

Here is an enjoyable demonstrative pronouns game to help students practice making sentences with this, that, these, and those. In the game, students place four rows of noun picture cards face-down on the table, two rows at the front of the table and two rows at the back. For the two rows of cards at the front, students make sentences with the demonstrative pronouns this or these. For the cards at the back, students make sentences with that or those. Students then take turns turning over a card and making a sentence about the picture using the appropriate demonstrative pronoun, e.g. 'This is a dog'. The student then turns over another card and makes another sentence with the appropriate demonstrative pronoun, e.g. 'Those are dogs'. If the picture on the second card matches with the first and the student has used the correct demonstrative pronouns, the student keeps the pair of cards and has another turn. If the cards don't match, or the student has not used the correct demonstrative pronouns, the cards are turned back over, keeping them in the same place. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins.
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That is a Drawing

ESL Demonstrative Pronouns Game - Vocabulary: Drawing, Guessing, Making Sentences from Prompts - Group Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this free demonstrative pronouns game, students play Pictionary by making sentences about pictures using demonstrative pronouns. On the board, draw a horizontal line. Explain that the lower part is nearby and the upper part is further away. For things that are drawn in close proximity, students make sentences with the demonstrative pronouns this or these. For things that are farther away, students make sentences with that or those. A student from Team A comes up to the board. Give the student a card, e.g. a banana (that). The student then draws the item 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 - Vocabulary Exercises: Categorising, Drawing, Binary Choice, Gap-fill, Word Search - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

This insightful 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. Students then draw the items mentioned in the dialogue near each character. Next, students read sentences and circle the correct words. Finally, students find six words in a word search that match pictures. Students then look at the near and far pictures and complete sentences.
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Demonstrative Danger

ESL This, That, These, Those Game - Vocabulary and Grammar: Gap-fill - Group Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun demonstrative pronouns game, students race to complete sentences with the demonstrative pronouns: these, those, this and that. The reader reads each sentence card to the players using the word 'blank' for the missing demonstrative pronoun. The players listen and race to grab the correct demonstrative pronoun card to complete the sentence and give it to the reader. If a player hands over an incorrect card, they must take back their card along with any other pronoun cards already given to the reader, so as the game progresses players need to be more careful with their answers or they will receive a lot of pronoun cards back. The game continues until all the sentence cards have been read out. The player with the fewest pronoun cards at the end of the game wins. Afterwards, students repeat the game with a different student being the reader.
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This, That, These or Those?

ESL Demonstrative Pronouns Worksheet - Vocabulary and Grammar Exercises: Sentence Completion, Binary Choice, Rewriting Sentences, Gap-fill - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this productive 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 - Grammar and Vocabulary: Identifying, Matching, Forming Sentences from Prompts - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This engaging demonstrative pronouns activity helps students practice the pronouns: this, that, these and those. First, 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. In pairs, students then play a game where they find out which items belong to the two children, Anna or Chris. Students take it in turns to read an object description aloud from a chart. 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. 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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