Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Past Simple Affirmative and Negative - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Excuses Excuses Board Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

Here is an amusing speaking game to help students practice past simple affirmative sentences as well as past simple regular and irregular verbs. In the activity, students play a board game where they make excuses for arriving to class late. The class is divided into groups of four and each group is given a copy of the game board and a set of excuse cards. When a student lands on a square marked 'Sorry I’m late', the student picks up an excuse card and changes the sentence in to its past simple form to make an excuse for being late, e.g. 'Sorry I’m late. I missed the bus.' If the sentence is formed correctly, the student stays on the square. If it is incorrect, the student must move back to their previous square. The first student to arrive at class wins the game. Play continues until most or all of the students have arrived at class.

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How was your weekend?

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 50 Minutes

This engaging three-page lesson teaches students how to ask and answer questions about weekend activities using the past simple tense. This lesson also helps students understand how to make small talk. Students begin by putting words into the correct order to form past simple questions about weekend activities. Students then match the correct reply to each question. After that, the students focus on how to express interest in a conversation. The students read brief dialogues and choose the most suitable answer that indicates interest in the conversation. Then, the students complete a dialogue that shows them how to keep a conversation going. Finally, the students break into pairs and create their own past simple conversation about the weekend with the language and skills they have learnt. The conversations are then presented to the class. An answer key is provided.

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Gone in 30 Seconds - Board Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This entertaining board game gives students practice at using past simple affirmative sentences. The game also teaches students to utilize their knowledge of the past simple to talk about a variety of everyday topics. Students take it in turns to move their counters along the board. When a student lands on a square, they have to talk about the topic on the square in the past simple tense for 30 seconds without stopping. If a student can’t think of anything to say, makes a grammar mistake, or stops talking before the 30 seconds are up, they have to move back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.

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Holiday Romance

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this fun writing task, students create a story about a holiday romance by inventing answers to questions and writing them down. The grammar focus is on past simple affirmative sentences as well as past simple regular and irregular verbs. Students sit in a circle in groups of five or six. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students answer the first question on their worksheet by inventing details and writing the answer down in the form of a past simple sentence. After that, the students fold the paper and pass it to the person on their right who answers the next question. This continues until all the questions have been completed. When everyone has finished writing, students take it in turns to read their stories to the group and the group chooses the best one. These are then read aloud to the class and the class votes for the best story.

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In the Past

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Here is a challenging and fun way for students to practice past simple affirmative sentences and sentence formation. Each group of four is given a set of time expression cards and verb cards. The time expression cards are placed face down and the verb cards are dealt out equally between the players. Players take it in turns to turn over a time expression card from the pile and make a true past simple affirmative sentence using one of the verbs on their cards and the time expression. If the player constructs a believable past simple sentence, which is agreed on by the other students to be true, the player may discard the verb card. If the other students think the sentence can’t be true, or if the sentence is grammatically incorrect, they challenge the player, and he or she has to keep the verb card. The aim of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all their verb cards. The activity is quite easy at first because there is a choice of verbs, but it becomes more challenging to make a meaningful sentence as the game progresses.

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Mark the Jogger

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this supplementary worksheet, students read about a typical working day of 'Mark the Jogger'. Then, students pretend that yesterday was a typical day for Mark. The students complete past simple affirmative and negative sentences about what he did and didn't do yesterday. They do this by changing the verbs from the text into the past simple and using them in the sentences. Finally, students write a short paragraph about what they did yesterday using the past simple.

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Present to Past Board Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This enjoyable board game teaches students how to make past simple affirmative sentences with time expressions. Students also practice changing regular and irregular verbs into their past simple form. Students take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a square, they make a past simple affirmative sentence with the time expression and words in the square. If a student forms the sentence correctly, they stay on the square. If a student makes a grammar mistake, they must go back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.

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Restart

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This fun card game helps students to talk about various routine actions and activities in the past using past simple affirmative sentences. In the activity, students play a past simple card game where they talk about what they did yesterday using picture cards. The class is divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of picture cards, which they shuffle and deal out evenly. One student goes first and lays down a picture card. The student then makes a past simple affirmative sentence about the action shown on the card, e.g. Yesterday, I went cycling. The next student must now lay down either another ‘I went...’ card (e.g. Yesterday, I went shopping.) or a ‘Restart’ card which enables the student to change the verb into something else, e.g. Yesterday, I did my homework. This process continues until one of the students has laid down all their cards. That student wins the game. Students can play several rounds to practice talking about all the actions in the past simple.

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True Lies

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

Here is an amusing guessing game that helps students practice affirmative and negative past simple sentences, past simple questions, and regular and irregular verb forms. In the activity, students take it in turns to make true or false sentences about things they did or didn’t do in the past. Other students must then decide whether the student is telling the truth or not by asking past simple questions. The class is divided into groups of four and each group is given a set of time expression cards and verb cards. Students take it in turns to pick up a time expression card and a verb card. The student then makes an affirmative or negative past simple sentence using the words on the cards. The other students in the group ask past simple questions to help them decide whether the student is telling the truth or not. After asking a few questions, the other students say if they think the student is telling the truth or lying. The student then reveals the answer. Students who guessed correctly win a point. Then, the next student picks up two cards and so on. This continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the highest number of points at the end of the game wins.

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Where did you go on holiday?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This supplementary worksheet is ideal for teaching students how to talk about their last holiday using the past simple. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by reading a conversation based on someone's last holiday. Then, working alone, students change the underlined parts of the dialogue with information about their last holiday. Students also add four past simple follow-up questions and answers to the conversation from a list on their worksheet. The students then practice their new dialogue with a partner and present it to the class.

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Who did the same?

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

In this rewarding teaching activity, students complete past simple affirmative sentences with true information about what they did in the past. The students then try to find someone who did the same as them. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing the past simple affirmative sentences on their worksheet with true information about what they did in the past. Students also write one more true past simple sentence at the end. When the students have finished writing, they stand up and move around the class and try to find someone who did the same as them, e.g. 'A: I woke up at 7 o'clock this morning. What about you?' 'B: I woke up at 7 o'clock too.' If both students' answers are the same, the two students write each other's name in the 'Name' column next to the sentence. However, if their answers are different, neither student writes anything. When everyone has finished, students tell the class what they found out.

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Class Story

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this speaking game, teams work together to make a story using past simple affirmative and negative sentences. The class is divided into four teams. The teacher takes three word cards and writes them on the board. One student from the first team starts the story. The student can say anything, but he/she must use the past simple tense and keep talking until he/she uses one or more of the words on the board. For every word the student uses from the board, his/her team scores one point, so in any one turn a team can gain between one and three points. When the student has completed their turn, the used words are rubbed out and replaced. A member from the next team then plays and continues the story. The team with the highest score at the end of the game wins. If you think your students will be too shy to play this game in front of the class, they can play the game in small groups.

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My Memories

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this insightful speaking activity, students use past simple affirmative and negative sentences to talk about various things they remember. This activity works best with older students or adults and is good for developing fluency. Students work in groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of topic cards. Students take it in turns to pick up a card from the top of the pile. The student who picks up the card then talks about the topic on the card for one or two minutes using past simple affirmative and negative sentences. The rest of the group asks the student questions to get him/her to speak more. Then, the next student takes a card and so on.

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One Day...

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This creative speaking activity gives students practice at using past simple affirmative and negative sentences to tell stories. This activity is similar to a chain game. Each group of four or five is given a set of introductory phrase cards. The students shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pile on the desk. One student begins by picking up a card from the pile. The student reads the introductory phrase on the card and completes it with their own idea to start off the story. Then, in turn, each member of the group continues adding to the story by saying a sentence in the past simple tense. The story is about the first student’s introductory sentence so all of the following sentences must be based on his or her plot. When the story hits a dead end, the next student starts over with a new introductory phrase card and so on. This continues until all the cards have been used.

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Sentence Building Race

ESL EFL Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this sentence-building activity, students race to make past simple affirmative and negative complex sentences. The students are split into pairs and given a set of cards. Each card contains a clause. Students race to make ten complex past simple sentences by joining three cards together. Students join the second clause to the first clause using the conjunction ‘and’ and the third clause using ‘but’. The third clause is negative. Students must write ‘and’ and ‘but’ in the spaces provided and lay the cards out on the table in the correct order. The first pair of students to complete all of the sentences correctly wins.

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Tell us a story

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes

In this rewarding writing activity, students answer a set of past simple questions and use the answers as a framework for a story. The students then expand their answers into a past simple text and read it to the class. The students are divided into pairs and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. In their pairs, students discuss each question on their worksheet in turn and write their answers down in note form. When they have made notes for all the questions, the students write their story by expanding their notes into past simple sentences. Students also include at least three of the items, events or people at the top of the worksheet in their story. When the students have finished, pairs read their stories to the class. The class then votes for the one they like the most. Alternatively, students put their stories up around the class for other students to read.

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MythBusters

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 45 Minutes

Here is an engaging past simple teaching activity for intermediate students. In the activity, students complete statements with past simple regular and irregular verbs. The students then guess which statements are historical facts and which are myths. The class is divided into three groups (A, B, and C) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students work together with the people in their group and complete ten statements by writing the regular and irregular verbs from the box on their worksheet into the sentences in their past simple form. When they have finished, each group's answers are checked. The class is then rearranged into teams of three, comprising of a Student A, B and C. The teams are told that each student’s worksheet contains six historical facts and four myths. Their task is to read the statements together, discuss them, and decide which are historical facts and which are myths. When everyone has finished, teams give their answer for each statement in turn, justifying their response when possible. Teams score one point for each correct guess. The team with the highest score at the end of the game wins.

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#26 imelda 2016-08-15 14:48
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