Demonstrative Pronouns Worksheets, ESL Games and Activities

Demonstrative Pronouns

ESL Demonstrative Pronouns Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this demonstrative pronoun worksheet, students practice this, that, these, and those along with clothes shopping language. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students start by matching sentence halves together. Students then identify and correct mistakes in sentences. The mistakes can be with demonstrative pronouns (this, that, these, those) or other words. In the last exercise, students complete gaps in sentences with this, that, these, or those.
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Interactive Version - This demonstrative pronouns interactive worksheet uses the topic of clothes shopping to help students learn how to use 'this', 'that', 'these', and 'those' as pronouns.

 

Demonstrative Pronoun Pictionary

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. Divide the class into two teams (A and B). 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 game continues with teams taking it in turns to draw items until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. This game can also be played in competing teams of two, three or four. If you wish to do this, make more copies of the cards and provide paper for the students to draw on.
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This, That, These or Those?

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

In this free demonstrative pronouns worksheet, students practice how to use the pronouns: this, that, these and those. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin 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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Interactive Version - Here is a free interactive demonstrative pronouns exercises PDF to help students practice this, that, these and those.

 

Whose is whose?

ESL Demonstrative Pronouns Worksheet and Game - Reading & Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This demonstrative pronouns worksheet and game helps students practice the pronouns: this, that, these and those. Give each student a copy of the first worksheet. Students begin by reading house description extracts from a real estate agent and underlining the demonstrative pronouns in the text. Next, students read about two children and match them to the bedrooms described by the agent. After that, divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Draw the students' attention to the 20 objects listed on the worksheet. Explain that the objects are the same on both worksheets and that the items belong to either Anna or Cristof. In order to find out whose is whose, the students take it in turns to read an object description aloud from the chart on their worksheet. Each student has ten descriptions. 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 aloud 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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