WH-Questions: Speaking Activity (Beginner ESL)

Level: Beginner

Focus: WH-Questions (Who/What/Why/Where/How)

Time: 15 Minutes

Number of students: Two minimum

Activity Downloadasking-wh-questions-activity.docx

Activity Description:

In pairs, students read the answer to a question on their paper (e.g. “I’m from Brazil.”). The other student then has to ask the question that matches this answer (“Where are you from”). Then the roles are reversed, and the other student reads his or her answer to the first student. This continues until all questions have been elicited. The questions do gradually get harder.

Speaking Activity Preview:


Student A

  1. I’m great. Thank you! (How are you?)
  2. I study English. (What do you study?)
  3. The president of the USA is Barack Obama. (Who is the president of the USA?)
  4. He is my teacher. (Who is he?)
  5. My favorite color is blue. (What is your favorite color? / What color do you like?)
  6. Christmas is December 25th. (When is Christmas?)



Student B

  1. My birthday is August 22nd. (When is your birthday?)
  2. John is at home. (Where is John?)
  3. I like jazz music. (What (kind of) music do you like?)
  4. My father lives in Montreal. (Where does your father live?)
  5. His name is Albert. (What is his name?)
  6. I work because I want money. (Why do you work?)

I hope your students enjoy this beginner speaking activity.

– Matthew Barton of Englishcurrent.com (Copyright)

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9 comments on “WH-Questions: Speaking Activity (Beginner ESL)

  1. Joseph Akker (Posted on 7-18-2016 at 16:15) Reply

    This game works great! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Persian girl (Posted on 2-6-2017 at 07:11) Reply

    This method seems to be very nice! Today I will try it to see what wiil happen. Thank u so much

  3. Felipe Adunbi (Posted on 5-22-2017 at 08:05) Reply

    thanks a lot!

  4. gurung.tgi.shan@gmail.com (Posted on 11-5-2017 at 22:40) Reply

    its really useful thanks

  5. RICKY Albert.. (Posted on 3-11-2018 at 12:19) Reply

    Very easy for the zero level…thank you…

  6. RICKY Albert.. (Posted on 3-11-2018 at 12:20) Reply

    I like the way its set up…

  7. Sweety girl (Posted on 6-5-2018 at 14:36) Reply

    This speech so amazing and I will be trying it thank you

  8. AgaK (Posted on 5-15-2019 at 15:51) Reply

    thAnk you. great for practising question formation

  9. jac-arg (Posted on 6-3-2019 at 08:52) Reply

    Thank you for sharing! It seems very helpful

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