Monday, 27 February 2017

Past Simple 'Wh' Questions - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Do you remember?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This intriguing class activity helps lower-level students to practice past simple 'Wh' questions and time expressions in the past. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students go around the class asking their classmates 'When did you last...?' questions from the worksheet. The students also need to find out more information by asking past simple 'Wh' follow-up questions. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.

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My Last Holiday

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 45 Minutes

In this engaging teaching activity, students take part in a running dictation about someone's holiday. The students then ask and answer past simple 'Wh' questions about their last holiday. The teacher begins by sticking a running dictation text onto the wall outside the classroom. The students are put into pairs, one student is the 'writer' and the other is the 'reader'. The readers run to the text, read it, and then return and dictate what they read to their partner. When they have finished, the students check their text. Next, each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students use the prompts on their worksheet to create past simple questions about holidays. Students then use the questions to write notes about their own holiday in a chart on their worksheet. After that, they ask three other students about their last holiday and complete the other columns in the chart. As a follow-up, the students write a paragraph about their last holiday using the past simple.

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The Honeymoon

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This enjoyable gap fill exercise offers extensive practice of past simple 'Wh' questions. The class is divided into two groups (A and B). Each group is given a slightly different past simple gap-fill text about a honeymoon to Thailand. Students work together with the people in their group and write down the past simple 'Wh' questions they need to ask to complete the missing information in their text. Students then pair off with someone from the other group. The students take it in turns to ask their partner the questions they have prepared and complete the text with the answers.

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The Past and Present

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

In this pairwork teaching activity, students use the past and present simple to interview a partner about when they were a child and now. The students are divided into pairs and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Each topic on the worksheet contains three questions. The first two questions deal with the past. Students ask a past simple yes/no question and then a past simple 'Wh' question to find out information about their partner's childhood. The third question is a present simple 'Wh' question to find out information about their partner's habits now. Students interview their partner about their childhood and present habits and write the answers on the worksheet. When everyone has finished, the students tell the class what they found out about their partner.

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Roll of the Dice

ESL EFL Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this entertaining pairwork activity, students play a game where they ask and answer past simple 'Wh' questions. The aim of the game is for students to answer all their opponent's questions correctly. The class is divided into pairs (A and B). Each student is given a corresponding part of the worksheet and each pair is given two dice. Student B begins by rolling the dice and adding up the numbers rolled. Student A then formulates the past simple question that corresponds to the number on their worksheet. For example, if Student B rolls a 2, Student A asks question 2 on their worksheet, i.e. 'What did you wear yesterday?' If Student B answers correctly, Student A crosses off the question. If Student B makes a grammatical mistake or is unable to answer appropriately in the form of a sentence, the question remains active and can be asked again, depending on the number rolled. This process continues with students taking it in turns to roll the dice and ask and answer questions. The first student to correctly answer all their partner's questions wins the game.

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When was the last time...?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

Here is a useful activity for teaching students how to ask and answer past simple 'Wh' questions. In the activity, students interview each other about things they did in the past. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Individually, students use the verbs, picture prompts and question words to write down past simple 'Wh' questions on their worksheet. The students then take it in turns to ask and answer the questions with their partner about the last time they did the things on their worksheet. When they have finished, the students tell the class about their partner.

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Where did they go?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this speaking activity, students ask and answer past simple 'Wh' questions in order to complete missing information in a chart. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students take it in turns to use the prompts on their worksheet to ask past simple 'Wh' questions to their partner. The students then write the missing information in the chart. When the students have finished, they compare charts to check their answers.

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Where were you...?

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this compelling activity, students interview each other about their whereabouts at certain times in the past using past simple 'Wh' questions. The teacher starts by asking the students to write sentences in the past simple to describe where they were at certain times yesterday. The students are then separated into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students take it in turns to interview each other about where they were at certain times in the past by asking 'Where were you…?' questions from their worksheet. Students are also encouraged to ask past simple 'Wh' follow-up questions to gain as much information as possible. When the students have finished, there is a class feedback session. After that, students write past simple sentences about their partner’s whereabouts at the listed times.

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Your Last Holiday

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students use past simple 'Wh' questions to find out about a classmate's last holiday. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students begin by creating past simple questions from the prompts on their worksheet. Students then answer the questions by completing information about their last holiday in the column marked 'Me'. The students then ask and answer the past simple questions and complete the chart with information about their partner’s previous holiday. When everyone has finished, students tell the class about their partner’s last holiday.

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Past Simple Question Time

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This entertaining card game is ideal for practicing past simple 'Wh' questions. Students play in groups of six. Each player is given a student card containing question words, and each group is given a set of answer cards. The object of the game is to make a past simple 'Wh' question that matches the word or phrase on an answer card. One student takes an answer card and reads it aloud. The players in the group then race to make a past simple 'Wh' question using a question word from their student card to match the word or phrase read out. The first player to do this correctly takes the answer card and crosses off the question word on their card. Then, it's the next student’s turn to take an answer card and read it aloud. The first player to cross off all their question words wins the game.

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The First Time

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

This fun pairwork activity helps to teach students how to ask past simple 'Wh' questions and use the past simple tense with time expressions to talk about experiences earlier in life. The questions are designed to jog students’ memories about events in the past so it is more appropriate for older students. In pairs, students take it in turns to ask each other 'When was the first time you...?' questions. Students write their partner's responses in the second column of the worksheet. Students should also ask at least one past simple 'Wh' follow-up question and write the answer in the third column. The use of follow-up questions should be encouraged to help the students develop a conversation about the event. As an extension, students write a short biographical account about their partner based on their experiences. These can be read to the class.

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What did you do?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This engaging speaking game helps students to practice asking and answering past simple 'Wh' questions. Two team leaders are chosen and each leader is given a worksheet containing a past simple verbs list. The leaders stand at opposite sides of the room with the rest of the class in the middle. The two team leaders take it in turns to secretly choose a past simple verb from the list. The leader then thinks of a past simple 'Wh' question that will get an answer using the chosen verb. The question is not allowed to contain any form of that verb. The leader then asks the past simple question to one of the students in the middle of the class. If the student answers correctly using the verb in the past simple tense, the student comes over to the leader and joins their team. Every time a student joins a team, they become the new team leader. The new and old leaders then work together to think of the next question. The teams take turns to play until there are no more students left in the middle of the room. The team with the most members at the end of the game wins.

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Do you remember?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

Here is an enjoyable class activity to help higher-level students practice past simple 'Wh' questions and talking about past events. In the activity, students ask and answer 'When did you last...?' questions. The students also practice asking for additional information by asking past simple 'Wh' follow-up questions. When the students have finished, they share what they found out with the class.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 50 Minutes

In this challenging pairwork activity, students write and ask past simple 'Wh' questions to find out information in order to complete a text about Leonardo DiCaprio's life. The class is split into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students are told that they are going to read some information about Leonardo DiCaprio's life. However, some of the details are missing from the text. Working together, the students write down the ten past simple 'Wh' questions they need to ask to find out the missing details from the text on their worksheet. When the students have finished writing questions, they work with a partner from the other group. Student A and B sit facing one another. Student A goes first and asks Student B the first question on their worksheet. After that, the students take it in turns to ask and answer questions in numerical order to find out the information missing from their own text. The students write the information in the blank spaces in the text on their worksheet. When they have finished exchanging information, the pairs check their work by comparing texts.

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Comments  

#6 Cecilia 2015-03-30 17:16
Useful... Love it!!!!!
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#5 Cecilia 2015-03-30 17:15
Love it!!!!!!! useful.. Thanks!!!!
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#4 Admin 2015-03-17 13:35
Thanks. You're welcome Irma.
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#3 Irma 2015-03-16 21:06
Very nice activities and lots of creativity. Thanks for sharing.
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#2 Admin 2015-02-27 04:41
I'm glad you find the materials helpful. We are adding new teaching resources every day.
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#1 RAQUEL 2015-02-27 01:53
Excellent materials. Helps a lot with ideas for a variety of classes. Thank you.
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