Time - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets
Just Another Day
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
In this engaging speaking activity, students describe a normal day using activity cards and clocks. Students practice telling the time and using the present simple to talk about everyday activities. Students choose cards that show the activities they do on a normal day and they indicate when they do each activity by drawing the time on the clock. Then, they take it in turns to look at their partner’s cards and describe their partner’s normal day, e.g. You wake up at half past six. You have breakfast at seven o’clock, etc. After that, they take their partner’s activity cards and work with a new partner. This time, the students describe their previous partner's normal day using the third person.
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ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 15 Minutes
This simple ESL activity teaches students ordinal numbers as used in dates. Students work in pairs (A and B). Each student is given a worksheet. On the worksheet is a grid containing missing ordinal numbers. Students take it in turns to ask questions, e.g. What’s the date in square A1? The students then complete their grid with their partner's answers.
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Miyu's Mystery Timetable
ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
This rewarding teaching activity is ideal for revising days of the week, telling the time and school subjects. Students are presented with a puzzle about the classes that Miyu's takes during the week. Working individually, students read the clues and complete Miyu's school timetable.
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ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 1 Hour
In this creative teaching activity, students learn how to make a calendar. To begin the activity, the teacher revises different time expressions, e.g. days of the week, months of the year, etc. Then, the teacher writes up the "Thirty days have September" rhyme on the board. Students learn and repeat the rhyme. Next, each student is given a blank calendar. Following the teacher's instructions, the students complete the calendar, adding the various time components, e.g. numbers, days of the week, etc. The students then add colour and glue it together, creating their own calendar. If there is time, students decorate the calendar by colouring special days or dates, e.g. family birthdays, national or local public holidays, etc.
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ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 45 Minutes
In this excellent teaching activity, students practice telling the time and describing a particular time's importance. Each student writes the names of everybody in the class on a piece of paper. Then, each student is given a blank clock face. On the clock face, students draw a time that is important to them. Students then go round the classroom asking and telling each other the time. Every time a student asks another student for their time, they find out why it is important. After each conversation, the students go back to their desks and write the time next to the name of the student they spoke to and the reason for its importance. When everybody has finished, students put the names of everybody in the class in order, according to who had the earliest to the latest time on their clock. They also write a sentence for each student about what they do at that time.
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Telling the Time Dominoes
ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 15 Minutes
This dominoes game can be used to help students practice telling the time using ‘past’ and ‘to’. In the activity, students play a game of dominoes where they match written times to times on digital clocks. The class is divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and then deal them out equally. The first student puts a domino on the table. The next student then puts another domino at either end of the first domino so that the time in words on one domino matches the digital clock on the other domino. Students must say the time aloud when they match the dominoes. If a student doesn’t have a match, play passes to the next student. Students continue taking turns to put dominoes at either end of the domino chain until one student has put down all their dominoes. That student wins the game.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
In this comprehensive pairwork activity, students practice telling the time, prepositions of time and school subjects. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding copy of Terry's timetable. Students take it in turns to ask and answer questions in order to complete the missing subjects in their table. Students guess which subject Terry studies at a particular time by asking questions to their partner, e.g. Is the chemistry lesson at 9:30 on Monday? Students continue asking and answering questions like this until the timetable is complete.
Time around the World
EFL ESL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this challenging pairwork activity, students learn about the differing times in cities around the world. The class is split into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. In pairs, students take it in turns to ask and answer questions about the time in each city on their worksheet. When they have finished, each pair is given some time-zone puzzle questions to answer.
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ESL EFL Listening Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
In this enjoyable listening activity, students play a game of bingo using times of the day. Each student is given a bingo card and told to draw a different time (o'clock) on each clock face. In the space next to each clock, students write: in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening, midday or midnight. When the students have finished, the teacher calls out different times. When students hear a time that is on their card, they cross out the corresponding clock face. When the students get a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line of crosses on their bingo card, they shout Bingo! The winner of the game takes over from the teacher and calls out the times for the next round of bingo.
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Time Expressions Survey
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this speaking activity, students find out the number of students who do an activity at a certain time by talking to everyone in the class. Each student is provided with an activity card. The activities on the cards cover various time expressions. First, students write down the question they need to ask the other students. Students then move round the room and ask the questions they have prepared. They must talk to every student in the class and keep a record of the answers on the back of their cards. Finally, the students report back to the class what they discovered.
ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
This superb activity helps you to teach your students to tell the time. Students also learn about prepositions of time and school subjects. Students work in pairs and play a game of battleships using a school timetable. The students write six English lessons into the squares on their blank timetable. They fill the other empty squares with other school subjects, e.g. history, chemistry, PE, etc. The students take it in turns asking their partner what they study at particular times, e.g. What do you study at twenty past eleven on Thursday? The first person to find all their partner’s English lessons wins the game.
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
You can use this entertaining ESL game to teach or review telling the time with your students. It is also perfect for revising recently covered vocabulary. A clock is drawn on the board and next to each number are letters of the alphabet. The first letter of the word is the hour hand and the last letter of the word is the minute hand. Teams race to call out the correct time, if they are correct they win a point. You can make the game more student-centered by having the teams choose the words and call them out. You can also reverse the game. You call out a time and the students have to come up with a word that starts and ends with those letters.
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When is your birthday?
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
In this fun speaking activity, students practice asking and answering questions about their birthday. Students learn about ordinal numbers, months of the year and dates. Each student is given a present card. The students write the date of their birthday on the card. The cards are then collected and redistributed at random so that each student has someone else's birthday on their card. Students then imagine what is under the gift-wrapping (e.g. a book, a box of chocolates) and write the gift on the back of the card. The object of the game is for everyone to find out who their present is for and to give it to them. To do this, the students stand up and move round the class asking, “When is your birthday?” until they find the person who owns the present. When they find the owner, they give them the present and explain what it is.
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Years Gone By
ESL EFL Speaking and Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
Here is a fun guessing game to help older students practice the past simple and saying years. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students complete sentences about life events by adding in the year that the things happened to them. The students then work with a partner. They take it in turns to read out a year at random. Their partner guesses what happened in that year by asking past simple questions. The student has two guesses before they are told the correct answer. If one of the two guesses is correct, the student gets a point. The winner is the student in each pair who has the most points at the end of the game.
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ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this challenging activity, students solve a murder mystery based on clues taken from players’ alibis. The students have to listen carefully to the times mentioned in order to solve the mystery. You will need at least nine students for this activity. Each student is given a copy of an investigator's report and an alibi statement. The students listen to each alibi statement and try to identify the murderer by detecting the inconsistent alibi.
Find Someone Who...
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
This insightful speaking activity helps to teach students how to ask questions that contain various time expressions. Students begin by transforming the statements on their worksheet into questions. They then go round the class asking one another the questions. When a student finds someone who answers yes to a question, they put that person’s name next to the statement and ask follow-up questions. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the class on what they found out.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes
In this intriguing teaching activity, students talk about personal and public celebrations they have throughout the year. Individually, students write down five to ten occasions they celebrate in a table on their worksheet, e.g. birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas day, etc. They also write down how they celebrate each day. Students are then divided into pairs. They take turns interviewing each other about the celebrations, e.g. Do you celebrate anything in January? Students also ask follow up questions about each celebration to get as much information as they can. Afterwards, students tell the class about one of their partner's celebrations.
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Hear and Say
ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
In this listening and speaking activity, students review telling the time, saying dates, months and years as well as other time phrases and prepositions of time. The class is split into groups of three. Each student is given a game card. Students must listen to the time phrase a partner says and try to find the same time phrase in the 'Hear' column on their card. They must then say the corresponding time phrase in the 'Say' column for the other students to recognise. Students add in any prepositions of time or articles that are necessary, e.g. the 28th of March, Monday the 6th, in 2013, etc. If they have a time, e.g. 16:45, they say the time as 'quarter to five' rather than just reading the number. When the students have finished, the groups repeat the activity with new game cards.
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ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 45 Minutes
In this engaging teaching activity, students complete sentences that contain time idioms to help express the meaning of the idiom. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The pairs complete sentences containing time idioms by writing on a blank card next to each incomplete sentence. Students are not limited to just completing the sentence. They might write two sentences if it helps to express the meaning of the time idiom. When everyone has finished, the worksheets are cut into cards. The students then swap their cards with another pair. The pairs of students then look at their new cards and try to match them to make meaningful sentences. When the students have finished, the pairs who wrote the sentences check that the cards have been matched correctly. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session. The pairs read their matched cards in turn and the students are given the meaning of the time idiom. The class then decides on the best definition.
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