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7 Useful ESL Activities
1. List of Words for Making Partners
Cut out all the words and divide class into two sections. Give half the class the start of the word or phrase, and the other half the end of it. Tell students to find their partners. This is a fun way to start pair-work activities.
2. What’s your favorite…? Survey
This fun activity helps students develop confidence and fluency through repetition of questions and answers. The mingling nature of this activity exposes students to a variety of speakers and prevents boredom.
3. Find Someone Who…
Students love this take on a survey. First they write their own responses, then survey the class to find friends with the same answers. They may only write students’ names who have the same answers as them.
4. Signature BINGO
Similarly to ‘Find Someone Who’, students write their own responses to the questions on the BINGO grid (What do you do on …?) before seeking the students with the same answers. The first student to make four in a row, wins!
5. Weather Jigsaw Activity
This is a partner activity whereby students need to find the missing information on their weather charts by asking the question, “How will the weather be on X in Y?”. Make sure students cannot see each other’s papers.
6. Find the snakes!
Played in pairs similarly to Battleships, students draw shapes (snakes) on their answer grids and then try to guess the position of their opponents’ snakes by asking questions. If an opponent asks a question whose answer is occupied by part of a snake, the player must answer, “Yes.” The first person to find all his/her opponent’s snakes, wins!
7. Five in a row
Students practice language for shopping and money using this board game. Played similarly to tic-tac-toe, one student is X, the other O. One player selects a square, and his/her partner asks a question about it. A correct answer allows the player to place and X or O over the square. The first person to get five in a row, wins.