Tuesday, 25 April 2017

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

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Collocation Dominoes

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

This ESL teaching activity is perfect for teaching students how to make present simple affirmative statements with have, take and go collocations. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out six dominoes each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The students then turn over the top card from the pile and place it face up on the table. The first player has to make a verb and noun collocation by placing one of his or her dominoes at either end of the first domino. When a player makes a collocation, they say a true present simple affirmative sentence using the verb and noun, e.g. 'I have a shower every morning.' The other group members judge the player's sentence. If the sentence is grammatically correct, the student leaves the domino where it is. If the sentence is wrong, the player has to pick up and keep the domino. Play then passes to the next student and so on. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take a domino from the top of the pile, put it down and make a sentence if they can. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.

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Habits and Lifestyles

ESL EFL Reading and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this fun class activity, students find out about their classmates' habits and lifestyles by playing a guessing game using present simple affirmative and negative statements. Each student is given a folded copy of the worksheet with only a 'Name' column showing. The students write the names of 14 people in the class in the column. The students then unfold the worksheet and look at the present simple affirmative sentences. The students read each sentence and guess whether it's true or false by putting a tick or cross in the next column. Students then find out if their guesses are right or wrong. They do this by checking their guess with the person who is the subject of the sentence. If students think a sentence is right, they make a present simple affirmative statement, e.g. 'Emma, you watch TV in the evening.' If students think a sentence is wrong, they make a present simple negative statement, e.g. 'Emma, you don't watch TV in the evening.' That person then tells the student if they are right or wrong and gives more information, e.g. if a student made a positive statement, the person might say 'That's right. I watch TV every evening when I come home.' or 'That's wrong. I chat to my friends online in the evening.' If students guess correctly, they put a tick in the last column. If they are wrong, they put a cross. The student with the most correct guesses is the winner.

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Present Simple Dominoes

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This enjoyable dominoes game is perfect for reviewing present simple affirmative and negative sentence structure and yes/no questions. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five dominoes each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The students then turn over the top card from the pile and place it face up on the table. The first player has to make an affirmative or negative sentence or question by placing one of his or her dominoes at either end of the first domino. Play then passes to the next student and so on. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take a domino from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.

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During the Week

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this entertaining speaking activity, students make present simple affirmative and negative statements about their routine activities. Each group of three is given a chart showing days of the week and parts of the day. The students are also given a set of verb cards and noun cards. A verb card is put face down in each empty square of the chart. The noun cards are dealt out evenly. Students then take it in turns to turn over a verb card on the chart. If the verb matches with one of their noun cards, the student makes a true present simple affirmative or negative statement about what they do or don’t do at that time and day. For example, a student turns up the verb 'go' on the square representing 'Wednesday morning', matches it with the noun 'cycling' and says, "I don’t go cycling on Wednesday morning." If the group agrees that the sentence is grammatically correct and appropriate, the student puts their noun card on top of the verb card. The next student then turns over a verb card and so on. If a student cannot match one of their noun cards with the verb on the chart, the verb card is turned over and play passes to the next student. The aim of the game is to be the first student to get rid of all their noun cards. The first student to do this is the winner.

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Fact or Fiction

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

In this entertaining activity, students practice verb and noun collocations and make present simple affirmative and negative statements. The students then play a present simple true or false guessing game using the collocations. The students begin by matching verbs with nouns / noun phrases on their worksheet. The students then write 12 present simple affirmative and negative statements about themselves using the verb and noun collocations from the first exercise. Half the sentences should be true and half should be false. When they have finished writing, the class is divided into pairs. Students then take it in turns to read one of their statements and their partner decides if it's true or false. Students score one point for each correct guess. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

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Monday to Friday

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this engaging pairwork activity, students talk about their Monday to Friday routine using present simple affirmative and negative sentences. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet and paired with someone they don't know very well. The students complete the sentences about their partner's Monday to Friday routine by guessing the information and writing it into the spaces provided on the worksheet. When the students have finished, they read out their sentences to their partner and their partner says whether each statement is right or wrong, e.g. 'I think that you wake up at 7 a.m. every day.' If the student's guess is wrong, their partner gives the correct information by first making a present simple negative sentence followed by an affirmative sentence, e.g. 'I don't wake up at 7 a.m. I wake up at 6 a.m. because I go jogging in the park.' The student with the most correct guesses at the end wins. When the students have finished, they discuss whether they have a lot in common with their partner or not. As an alternative, students complete the worksheet and then prepare a present simple yes/no question for each sentence, e.g. 'Do you wake up at 7 a.m. every day?' The students then ask and answer the questions in order to find out if their sentences are right or wrong.

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My Animal

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This activity is ideal for teaching the present simple to express habitual actions. In the activity, students take on the role of an animal and complete present simple affirmative sentences as if they were that animal. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students choose one animal that they can associate with. The students draw a picture of the animal in the box on their worksheet. The students then complete present simple affirmative sentences about their animal's habitual actions. The students write as if they are the animal using the first person. Students also create one more present simple sentence of their own at the end. After that, the students work with a partner. They take it in turns to read their sentences to each other. Finally, the students find the most dangerous partner they can and read their sentences to each other again.

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Present Simple Places Board Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this fun board game, students practice making present simple affirmative sentences containing prepositions of place. Each group of three or four is given a copy of the game board and a set of cards. The students shuffle the cards and deal out six each, placing the rest of the cards face down in a pile on the table. Players take it in turns to throw a dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, they read the subject pronoun and verb and match it with a place on one of their cards. The player then makes a present simple affirmative sentence, adding in the correct preposition, e.g. 'He lives in a big city.' If the group thinks the player's sentence is grammatically correct, the player places their card under the pile of cards and it's the next player’s turn. If the player's sentence is incorrect, they keep the card. The first player to reach the finish or use up all their cards wins the game.

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Simon the Sportsman

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this enjoyable activity, students practice the present simple tense, adverbs of frequency and sports vocabulary. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The worksheets contain a chart showing Simon's free time routine. Students take it in turns to ask and answer present simple questions in order to complete missing information on their chart. When the students have finished, they complete a matching activity in which they make true present simple sentences about Simon's routine. Finally, students create five more true present simple sentences of their own about Simon's routine from the information in the chart.

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What do you do at the weekend?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this present simple teaching activity, students discuss their routines and explain what they usually do at the weekend. The class is split into pairs and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students take it in turns to ask their partner what they usually do at certain times during the weekend. Their partner replies by making a present simple affirmative statement. The student then completes the worksheet with information about their partner's weekend by writing a present simple sentence in the third-person singular. Afterwards, the students discuss how their weekends are different from their partners. When everyone has finished, the students describe their partner's weekend to the class.

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Your Neighbourhood

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 1 Hour

This detailed lesson teaches students how to use the present simple to talk about housing, transportation, facilities and services in their neighbourhood. The lesson contains guided questions and answers for the students to follow. Each student is given a copy of the lesson. Students work with a partner and take it in turns to ask the questions on the worksheet. Students use the prompts to answer and complete information in the spaces provided. The students then use the vocabulary, questions and answers to make a conversation about their neighbourhood in pairs. Finally, students present their conversations to the class.

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Comments  

#21 Katta 2017-04-10 19:40
thanks for these great materials
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#20 Artimoshka 2017-03-14 07:53
Thanks for sharing, great site :)
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#19 Hatice 2017-02-07 18:36
I love this site. I always use it for fun exercises in my classroom.
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#18 chera 2017-01-10 20:37
thanks for sharing this ; i will gladly use one of theme as demo lesson; so thank you.
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#17 Admin 2016-07-27 15:29
Thank you Esther
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#16 Esther Blandon 2016-07-27 15:11
Thank you so much for your teaching resources. They're useful and entertaining for students.
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#15 Admin 2015-12-27 10:40
You're welcome Griselda.
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#14 Griselda del campo 2015-12-08 17:55
I DO appreciate your work. It is very very very useful! Thanks!
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#13 Admin 2015-11-26 15:05
Thanks for the positive feedback guys and gals :)
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#12 Yani 2015-11-12 17:12
Absolutely love these activities!
They have been very helpful, thank you so much!
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