Gerunds and Infinitives - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games
Find Someone Who…
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
In this engaging speaking activity, students practice asking and answering questions using gerunds and infinitives. This is a good activity to use when introducing gerunds and infinitives for the first time. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students go through the items on their worksheet and form the questions that they need to ask in order to do the activity. Students then move round the classroom asking and answering questions and completing their worksheets. If a classmate answers 'no' to a question, they repeat the question with other students in the class until one of them says 'yes'. They then write this student's name in the appropriate column on their worksheet and ask a follow-up question. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out about their classmates.
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What do you like doing?
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this teaching activity, students use gerunds to talk about what they like doing at certain times. Each student is handed a copy of the worksheet. Students then complete a short questionnaire about their interests. Students read through the worksheet and tick an option for each category that best describes what they like doing. Students can add their own ideas if they wish. Students then walk around and interview each other to find someone who has the same interest as them for each category, e.g. What do you like doing in the morning? I like drinking coffee, etc. When everyone has finished, the students talk about their findings. To finish off, students work in groups. They tell each other what they like and don’t like doing from the categories.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
This group discussion activity gives students practice at talking about various topics using gerunds and infinitives with 'to'. The class is divided into small groups and handed a set of topic cards. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and start a discussion. The students discuss each topic using gerunds and infinitives with 'to'. Afterwards, there is a feedback session to find out about some of the things they discussed.
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Gerunds as a Subject
ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this fun pairwork activity, students race to finish a crossword by completing sentences with gerunds as a subject. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding part of the worksheet. Student A has the verbs and crossword. Student B has the clues across and down. Student A chooses a verb from the worksheet and tells Student B the verb. Student B looks at the clues and finds the sentence that needs that verb. The student then reads the completed sentence aloud with the verb as a gerund. Student A listens to the sentence and says whether they think the sentence is correct or not. If both students agree it's right, Student B gives Student A the clue number, e.g. This is the clue for one down. Student A then writes the gerund in the crossword. The first pair of students to complete the crossword is the winner.
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Gerund or Infinitive Card Game
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
Here is an enjoyable speaking activity to help students practice gerunds and infinitives. In this card game, students create sentences using words and phrases that need to be followed by a gerund or infinitive (with or without to). The class is divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of cards A and B. Each player receives six cards, three from each set. The left over cards are placed face down in two piles. Players take it in turns to make sentences by combining a set A card and a set B card from the cards in their hand. After making a sentence they replace the two cards by taking one from each pile. The sentences can be in any tense and can be positive or negative, but they must contain a gerund or infinitive. When a student creates a sentence, the other players may accept or challenge the sentence. If a player cannot make a sentence, they use their turn to change one of their cards. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game is the winner.
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Gerund and Infinitive Dominoes
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this memorable dominoes game, students practice making sentences by matching verbs to gerunds or infinitives. Each group of four students is given a set of dominoes. Students take it in turns to make a complete sentence using a gerund or infinitive by placing one of their dominoes at either end of the domino line. They do this by matching a verb (in bold) to a gerund or infinitive or vice-a-versa. They then make a sentence to show it's correct. If a student can't think of a sentence or the sentence is incorrect, they take a card from the pile and play passes to the next student. Play continues until one player has used all of their cards. This student is the winner.
Something about me
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes
In this noteworthy teaching activity, students write statements about themselves using gerunds and infinitives. Students then read out their classmates’ sentences and the class tries to guess the writer’s identity. Each student is given a numbered worksheet. Students complete sentences 1 to 10 on their worksheet with ‘doing’ or ‘to do’, depending on the verb before each gap, e.g. something you enjoy doing in your free time. Working alone, the students then respond to each item by writing true information about themselves. When everyone has finished writing, the worksheets are collected and then redistributed. Students then take it in turns to read out the number at the top of their sheet and make sentences about the student, using the notes the writer made. Students start each sentence with ‘This person…’ and use the pronouns ‘they’ and ‘their’, e.g. This person enjoys riding their mountain bike in their free time. When a student has read out all the sentences on their worksheet, the other students try to guess the writer’s identity. They then complete the table on their worksheet with the student’s name. When everyone has read their sentences, students reveal their numbers. Students win one point for each correctly identified student. The student with the highest number of points wins.
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Tell me about...
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
Here is a great teaching activity to help your students master using gerunds and infinitives. The class is split into pairs (A and B) and each student is given part of a worksheet. Student A starts by asking questions to Student B. Student B has to tell their partner different things about themselves. Each question requires a response using a gerund or infinitive. Student B has to try to respond appropriately with each answer. When all the questions have been asked, they swap roles. Afterwards, students give feedback to the class on what they found out about their partner.
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Thinking of You
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this pairwork activity, students complete sentences by guessing real information about their partner. Students write each sentence using a gerund or infinitive. The class is divided into pairs (A and B). The students guess how their partner would complete each sentence on their worksheet. The students must use a gerund and infinitive in each sentence. Student A then reads their sentences to Student B, who tells them if they have guessed correctly or not. When Student A has finished reading his/her sentences, the students swap roles.
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This is me
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this entertaining teaching activity, students complete sentences about themselves using gerunds and infinitives. The students then compare their sentences in small groups. The students begin by completing sentences with true information about themselves. The students use a gerund or infinitive in each sentence. When they have finished writing, the class is divided into groups of three or four. The students discuss their sentences and are encouraged to ask each other questions, e.g. What do you love doing on the weekend? Students then tell the class about what they found out about their classmates.
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True or False?
ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes
In this fun teaching activity, students practice writing true or false sentences about themselves using gerunds and infinitives. This is followed by a true or false guessing game. Each group of four is given a set of verb cards. The students shuffle the cards and then deal them out evenly. Each student should have six cards. For each verb, the students write three sentences about themselves, one true and two false. All the verbs must be followed by a gerund or infinitive. When they have finished writing, the students take it in turns to read out their three sentences to the rest of the group. Each time three sentences are read out, the group members ask the student follow up questions to help them decide which sentence is true. When each student has decided, the student reveals the correct answer. Students that guessed correctly win a point. The students play until all the sentences have been read. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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Gerund and Infinitive Master
ESL EFL Writing Activity - Intermediate - 20 Minutes
Here is a useful grammar worksheet to test students’ knowledge of gerunds and infinitives. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students complete each sentence with the verb in brackets in the infinitive (with or without to) or the gerund form. Students score one point for each correct answer. Students then check their score to see how well they know gerunds and infinitives.
My Sentence About You
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes
In this insightful teaching activity, students write sentences about their classmates using gerunds. Then, they check if their sentences are true or false. The students begin by writing the name of each student in the class in the first column of their worksheet. After that, they write a sentence about each classmate using the verb next to their name. Each sentence must use a gerund construction after the verb, e.g. Charlie likes fishing down by the lake. When everyone has finished writing, the students go round the class checking if their sentences are true or false. Finally, there is a class feedback session to see what the students found out about their classmates.
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