Off The Paper! FUN-ctional speaking games, yes/no questions, short answer drills

Talkin' Town English
Grade Levels
6th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
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Off The Paper! takes students from frozen to fluent. These fun, zero-prep speaking activities provide emerging ELLs with yes/no questions and short answers for a variety of target auxiliary verb tenses: are/is/was/were/do/does/did/can/could/have.

Many of my students want to know: "Teacher, in class, I can easily speak and be understood, but in the real world, I freeze up or can't find the words! Why?!"

Drill-based activities can be wonderful for aiding in retention of forms and building confidence when speaking without the support of textbooks, white board and teacher. Will your students be terrified when you snatch the paper out of their hands? Probably. Will they help each other carry on a conversation without it? Definitely. They'll carry each other through the trenches and come out ready to fight for their fluency!

Get students off the paper and into some great conversation!



  • 6 Tenses of Off The Paper! Questions in Easier and Advanced Versions
  • 4 Tenses of Guesstions Games for Pair Work
  • 4 Tenses of Predictables
  • Detailed Notes and Instructions
  • Handy Score Tally Sheet


I created these activities for my adult Starter level (A0) students as a way to fast-forward their fluency and boost their retention of contrasting verb question forms. Suitable for ages 12+. Editable Google Doc for endless uses and configurations! Use in-class or online formats.



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