Do You Like to _____? | ESL Speaking Activity

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ESL Speaking Activity for kids and adults

Are you looking for a simple, fun ESL speaking activity for beginner-level students? Yes? Thought so.

Keep on reading for all the details you need to know about, “Do you like to?,” a fun ESL activity for children or adults.

Do you like to ___? ESL Speaking Activity

Skills: Speaking/listening

Time: 15 minutes

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

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 for each paper that they have. If someone is done early, you can give them another paper from the reserve pile that you have.

For example,

“Do you go to _____ middle school?”

“Are you a twin?”

“Do you love to play soccer?

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.

Some better examples include:

  • I usually go hiking on the weekends
  • My family loves camping and we go every summer
  • My favourite food is chocolate icecream

Do you like to? A Fun ESL Speaking Activity

Procedure for “Do you like to___?”

  1. Give students five strips of paper (or they provide their own).
  2. Students write down one interesting thing about themselves/paper.
  3. Collect papers and redistribute (three per student).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. If a student finds all their matches, they can get one or two more papers from you from the reserve pile.

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Another Fun ESL Speaking Game

Need another idea for the ESL/EFL classroom? Board games are one of my favorite 4-skill activities that are heavy on the speaking. Find out more about how I use them with my students here:

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