Indirect Questions - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Lessons
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
This supplementary worksheet can be used to help students practice or review indirect questions. Each student is handed a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by changing direct questions into indirect questions. Then they answer grammar questions about how the indirect questions are formed. Students continue by looking at word order. They rewrite indirect questions by putting mixed up words in the right sequence. Finally, the students create their own indirect questions and practice asking and answering the questions with their classmates.
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ESL EFL Lesson - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes
This engaging lesson is ideal for teaching students how to make indirect questions. This lesson also helps to demonstrate to students why we use indirect questions. The lesson starts with a grammar explanation and examples of indirect questions. Students then complete a set of indirect questions using the correct structure. In the second exercise, the students have to rewrite indirect questions in the correct word order. Then, they practice asking and answering the questions with a classmate.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
In this speaking activity, students use indirect question phrases to make polite requests. Each student is given a request card. The students move around the class and try to persuade as many people as possible to do whatever is on their card. They do this by explaining the situation and using phrases from the board to make polite requests, e.g. I was wondering..., Is there any chance..., etc. Students only agree to do what other people ask if they genuinely think they wouldn’t mind doing it. If they don’t want to do it, they decline the request and explain why. When the students have finished, they tell the class how many people agreed to their request.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes
In this entertaining teaching activity, students role-play two situations where they ask for information using indirect questions. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding role card. The students read their role card for the first situation ‘At the ticket office’. Student A plays the role of a ticket agent and Student B politely asks for information about a flight to London using indirect questions. The students then role-play the situation with their partner. When the students have finished, some pairs act out their role-play in front of the class. Then the students swap roles and do the same for the second situation ‘At the hotel’. This time, Student B takes on the role of a hotel receptionist and Student A politely asks about information using indirect questions.
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ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this authentic activity, students practice indirect questions by role-playing street interviews to find out public opinion on a topic. After brainstorming ideas for interview topics, the students complete five indirect questions on their worksheet. The class is then divided into two groups: reporters and passers-by. The passers-by walk round the class as if they are walking along the street. The reporters interview the passers-by and write their answers on a questionnaire. When the reporters have spoken to three people, the students swap roles. When everyone has finished, students report back to the class or students have a class discussion about the topics. With a little more preparation, this activity could be done outside with real people.
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