Monday, 20 February 2017

Past Simple - 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. Students begin by putting words into the correct order to form past simple questions about weekend activities. Students must 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 then choose the most suitable answer that indicates interest in the conversation. Then, they complete a conversation that shows students how to keep a conversation about the weekend going. Finally, the students break into pairs and create their own past simple conversation about the weekend with the language 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 the past simple tense. The game teaches students to utilize their knowledge of the past simple to talk about a variety of everyday topics. Students take turns moving their counters along the board. When they land 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 winner is the first student to reach the finish.

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Holiday Romance

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this fun writing activity, students create a story by inventing answers to past simple questions. The language focus is on past simple regular and irregular verbs as well as holiday vocabulary. The students write a story about a holiday romance by inventing answers to questions. Students sit in a circle in groups of five or six. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Each student then answers the first question on their worksheet by inventing details and writing their answer in the space provided. After that, the students fold the paper and pass the paper 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 read their stories and choose the best one for their group. The stories are read aloud to the rest of 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 card game that helps students to practice past simple 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 students. Students then take it in turns to turn over a time expression card and make a true past simple sentence about themselves using one of their verb cards and the time expression. If the student constructs a believable past simple sentence, the student may discard the verb card. If the other players think the sentence can’t be true or if the sentence is grammatically incorrect, they challenge the student, and he or she has to keep the verb card. The aim of the game is to be the first student to get rid of all their verb cards. 

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Mark the Jogger

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this supplementary worksheet, students read about a typical day of 'Mark the Jogger'. Then, students pretend that yesterday was a typical day for Mark. They write past simple sentences about what he did and didn't do yesterday. Students have to change the verbs from the text into the past tense and use them in their sentences. Students then write a short paragraph about what they did yesterday.

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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 sentences with time expressions. In the game, students have to change regular and irregular verbs from the present tense to the past simple tense. When a student lands on a word square, they see a present tense verb, a noun and a time expression. The student then uses all the words in the square to make a past simple sentence. Students play the game in groups of three or four. The first student to get to the finish is the winner of 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 simple. In the activity, students play a past simple card game where they have to talk about what they did yesterday using picture cards. The aim of the game is to be the first student to lay down all their picture cards by correctly using the past simple to talk about the action on each card. 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 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 making positive and negative past simple sentences, and 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 a positive or negative past simple sentence using the words on the card. 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 correct 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 is the winner.

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Where did you go on your last holiday?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

This handy worksheet is ideal for teaching students how to talk about their previous holiday. Students work in pairs and read a past simple conversation based on someone's last holiday. The students change the underlined parts of the dialogue with information about their last holiday. Then, they add follow-up questions to extend the conversation. The students' new dialogues are then presented 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 speaking task, students use the past simple tense to talk about various things they remember. This insightful activity works best with older students and adults. 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 using the past simple tense. The rest of the group asks questions to get the person to speak more. Then, the next student takes a card and so on.

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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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Story Telling

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This creative speaking activity gives the class practice at using the past simple tense to tell stories. This activity is similar to a chain game. In small groups, students make up stories using various introductory phrases. One student begins by saying an introductory phrase. Then, each member of the group adds to the story by saying a sentence in the past simple tense. When the story hits a dead end or gets boring, the next student starts over with a new introductory phrase and so on.

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Tell us a story

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 1 Hour

This effective writing activity is designed to get your students using the past simple tense. In pairs, students invent a story with the help of a worksheet. The worksheet provides a framework for their story by giving them questions to answer. Students discuss each question in turn and write their ideas down. When they have made notes for all of the questions, students write their story in pairs. The students are also encouraged to use linking words (and, because, but, so, then) when writing their stories.

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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 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 sentences with verbs in the past simple tense. When they have finished, each group's answers are checked. The class is then rearranged into teams of three, comprising of a Student A, Student B and Student C. The teams are told that each student’s worksheet contains six historical facts and four myths. Their task is to discuss and decide which statements are which. The students then read each statement and decide which are historical facts and which are myths. When everyone has finished, teams give their answer for each statement and justify their response where 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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