Are you looking for a simple, fun ESL speaking activity for beginner-level students, one that doesn’t require any preparation or materials except some paper? Yes? Thought so. All teachers need a few of these in their back pockets, right?
Keep on reading for all the details you need to know about, “Do you like to?,” a fun ESL activity that’s very interactive for children or adults. And the best part? It’s a 4-skills activity, which is kind of like the holy grail of English teaching. I love this activity and I’m sure your students will too.
Do you like to ___? ESL Speaking Activity
Time: 15 minutes
Materials Required: Strips of paper (or students can make their own)
Give each student five strips of paper. On each piece of paper, they write something interesting about themselves. Then, collect them, mix them up and distribute them back to your students (three per student).
At this point, everyone stands up and goes around the class asking questions to try to find the owner of each paper that they have. If someone is done early, you can give them another paper from the reserve pile that you have.
“Do you go to _____ middle school?”
“Are you a twin?”
“Do you love to play soccer?
More advanced students can ask 1 or 2 follow-up questions based on what they’re learned about their partner.
To follow up the activity, ask the class what the most interesting thing they learned about someone was.
Teaching Tips for this ESL Speaking Activity
Students need to write down interesting and unique things about themselves. For example, “I go to XYZ university” is something that every other student in the class will say yes to so it is not a good thing to use. Basically, mention to students that it should be something that they might not have in common with the other students, or perhaps only 1 or 2 other students would say yes to.
Some better examples of unique things include:
- I usually go hiking on the weekends
- My family loves camping and we go every summer
- I love to eat chocolate ice cream almost every day
- My favourite computer game is XYZ
- I’ve watched Forest Gump more than 10 times
Another reason to consider this activity is that it can appeal to various types of learner styles within a single activity.
Procedure for “Do you like to___?”
- Give students five strips of paper (or they provide their own).
- Students write down one interesting thing about themselves/paper.
- Collect papers and redistribute them (three per student).
- Students stand up and go around the class, asking their classmates, “Do you have a twin brother?” “Can you play the piano really well?” based on what is on their papers.
- If it’s a match, they get one point and that paper is “finished.” Optionally, you can require higher-level students to ask 1-3 follow-up questions before they get a point.
- If a student finds all their matches, they can get one or two more papers from you from the reserve pile (why each student writes five papers, but you only hand out three of them).
- Follow up this activity by asking students what the most interesting thing they found out was.
Do you Like this ESL Speaking Activity?
- Amazon Kindle Edition
- Bolen, Jackie (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 94 Pages - 05/30/2015 (Publication Date)
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