Note: This page is for English teachers. Students, you can do these exercises online here.
ESL Level: Intermediate
Time Required: 20 minutes
Number of Students Required: 2+
Language Focus: WH-questions, Present Simple, Past Simple, Present Perfect, Present Progressive question forms
Materials: One copy of worksheet for each pair of students
Worksheet Download: questions-pair-work-intermediate.docx
Description: This is a simple activity for reviewing question forms. Before you hand this out to students, look at the list and make sure you have taught the forms therein. (Otherwise, you’ll end up with confused students a lot of questions!)
- Tell the students that you are going to say a sentence, and they should tell you the question that matches it. Then say, “No, I didn’t eat breakfast this morning.” Elicit the question from your students (Did you eat breakfast this morning?).
- Tell them they are going to do the same thing with a partner. Put student in pairs. Have them decide who will be StudentA and StudentB. Tell them that one student will read an answer aloud to his/her partner. The partner should then say the question that matches that answer. If s/he cannot, the partner can give him/her hints. They can continue until all sentences have been read on both students’ sheets.
- Distribute half of worksheet to each student (a StudentA or StudentB part) and let them try it.
Note that some answers could have more than one possible matching question, so I have underlined a word in the sentence. That is the key information the question should ask about.
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Pair-work activities like these are a communicative way to review grammar before a test (that’s why I developed it). Good luck with your classes.
– Matthew Barton / Creator of Englishcurrent.com