Prefixes - ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

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ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 minutes

In this insightful worksheet activity, students ask and answer yes/no questions containing words that use prefixes. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing the items on the worksheet with 12 prefixes. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class. The students then prepare the yes/no questions they need to ask in order to do the activity. Students then go around the class, asking each other the questions, e.g. 'Did you use to misbehave when you were younger?' When a student finds someone who answers 'yes' to a question, the student writes down their name and asks a 'Wh' follow-up question to gain more information, noting down the answer in the last column of the worksheet. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.
 

Prefix Dominoes

ESL Reading, Matching and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 25 minutes

In this engaging activity, students play a game of dominoes where they match prefixes that have an opposite or negative meaning to words. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top domino from the pile is then placed face up on the table. The first player puts down one of their dominoes, making sure that the prefix or word on their domino matches with the word or prefix on either side of the domino on the table. If the player forms an opposite or negative word successfully, they score a point. For an extra point, the player then uses the word in a sentence. The other players then take it in turns to match their dominoes in the same way by putting them down at either end of the domino chain and making a suitable sentence when an opposite or negative word is formed. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take one from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. When a player has gotten rid of all their dominoes, the game ends. The students then add up their scores. The player with the most points wins the game. Afterwards, the students can shuffle the dominoes and play again. When the students have finished, the prefixes are reviewed and other words are elicited using each prefix.
 
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