There is / There are - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games
ESL EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
In this fun memory game, students make 'There is' and 'There are' sentences describing a picture of a bedroom. In the activity, students also practice prepositions of place and furniture vocabulary. Each pair of students is given a bedroom picture and a set of cards. The students put the bedroom picture face up on the table and shuffle the cards and spread them out face down. The students then play a memory game where they make sentences that correctly describe the bedroom in the picture. To do this, students take it in turns to turn over three cards. If the three cards make a true sentence about the picture, the student places the three-card sentence under the picture and scores a point. If the three cards don't make a true sentence, the cards are turned face down again. This continues until all the sentences have been completed. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this fun pairwork activity, students ask and answer questions about what's in the classroom using 'there is' and 'there are'. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working with other members of their group, students write 'there is' and 'there are' questions using the prompts on their worksheet. Students also create two questions of their own at the end. When the students have finished, they pair up with someone from the other group. All Student Bs close their eyes. Student A then asks Student B the questions on their worksheet. Student B answers all the questions without opening their eyes, e.g. A: How many tables are there in the classroom? B: There are eight tables. Student A marks Student B's answers on the worksheet. When all the questions have been answered by Student B, the students swap roles. The student with the most correct answers wins.
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Shop till you drop
ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this pairwork activity, students create shopping centres or malls and ask and answer questions about them using 'Is there a...?' and 'Are there any...?' This activity also helps to teach students about differences between British and American English. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students' task is to create a shopping centre or mall by choosing eight facilities and writing one on each floor of their building. When they have finished, Student A finds out what's on each floor of their partner's shopping mall by asking questions using 'Is there a...?' and 'Are there any...?' When Student A has completed their partner's shopping mall, Student B asks questions about Student A's shopping centre. When pairs have finished, they compare their shopping centre and mall.
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Where am I?
ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
Here is an excellent teaching activity to help students practice the question form: Is there / Are there...? In the activity, a picture of a place is stuck on each student’s back. The students' task is to ask questions to find out where they are. The students start by completing 'Is there / Are there...?' questions on a card. When they have finished writing their questions, a picture is stuck on each student’s back. Each student looks at the picture on his or her partner’s back. The students then take it in turns to ask and answer the questions on their card to find out where they are. The students listen to their partner’s answers and mark them on the card. When they have asked all the questions, students write where they think they are. Then, the students see if they were right or wrong by taking the picture off their back.
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I draw, you draw
ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes
In this compelling teaching activity, students use 'There is' and 'There are' to describe pictures. This activity also covers furniture vocabulary and prepositions of place. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students create a picture of a room by drawing vocabulary from their worksheet in a picture. The students in Group A draw a picture of a bedroom and the students in Group B draw a picture of a living room. When the students have finished, they pair up with someone from the other group. Student A describes their bedroom picture to Student B using 'There is/are' and prepositions of place, e.g. 'There's a bed under the window.' Student B listens and draws the picture on their worksheet. When Student A has finished describing their picture, the students swap roles with Student B describing their living room picture to Student A. When the pairs have finished, they check their work by comparing pictures. Finally, students work together with their partner and write 'There is/are' sentences about both pictures.
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My Dream Home
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this imaginative teaching activity, students design and present their dream home using 'There is/are' and prepositions of place. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students design their own dream home by answering questions and drawing a floor plan on their worksheet. When the students have finished their designs, they present their dream home to the class using the target language. The class then gives feedback on the designs they liked the best.
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There is / There are Dominoes
ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
In this engaging matching activity, students practice making affirmative/negative statements and questions with 'there is' and 'there are'. Each group of three is given a set of dominoes. The students deal out six dominoes each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top card from the pile is then placed face up on the table. The first player has to make an affirmative/negative statement or question with 'there is' or 'there are' by placing one of his or her dominoes at either end of the first domino. When a player makes a statement or question, they read it to the group. The other group members judge the player's statement or question, making sure the quantifier and countable or uncountable noun match. If the statement or question is grammatically correct, the student leaves the domino where it is. If it's wrong, the player has to pick up and keep the domino. Play then passes to the next student and so on. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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Where in the World?
ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this compelling guessing game, students describe famous cities to each other using 'There is/are' and 'There isn’t/aren’t'. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Student A begins by describing the first city on their worksheet using the prompts with 'There is/are' or 'There isn’t/aren’t'. The student can also use their own ideas to help their partner guess the city. Student B listens and tries to guess the name of the city. The student can also ask questions using 'Is/Are there...?' to help guess the answer. When Student B has guessed all four cities, the students swap roles. When everyone has finished, pairs write their own description of a famous city. Pairs then take it in turns to read their descriptions and the class tries to guess the names of the cities.