ESL Speaking Activities
ESL Speaking Activities help students feel more comfortable with asking and answering questions and improve confidence.
These EFL / ESL activities are a great way for your students to use English in a semi-controlled environment.
Students appreciate the controlled, yet free use of the language and find these types of classes more enjoyable than traditional teacher focused lessons.
Many of the activities require your students to get out of their seats and move around the classroom in order to communicate with one another.
All of our lessons are for teaching EFL / ESL to adults, are student focused, and require a minimal amount of preparation.
These speaking activities are aimed at getting your students thinking, asking questions, and responding in English.
The lesson plans contain clear and simple instructions with easy to follow explanations and are adaptable for elementary, intermediate, or advanced level students.
Printable PDF downloads are also available when needed, including board games, conversation cards, and handouts. The handouts allow the students to feel more relaxed because they have something to fall back on in case of a language emergency.
Icebreakers, Warmers & Fillers, Activities by Topic
These activities can be used on the first day of class as icebreakers, as warmers and fillers, or they can be expanded and used as the main component of the lesson.
I Am...Students get to know each other by presenting information following the prompt "I am..."
Introduction Dice GameStudents play a dice game to get to know each other. Each number represents a different task. Includes game cards.
Introductory Q & AStudents write wh questions, and get to know each other by asking and answering the questions with a partner.
My Best ExperienceStudents get to know each other by asking and answering wh questions about a memorable or best experience.
QuestionnaireA questionnaire for the teacher to get to know students in a private lesson or small class.
Random Partner IntroductionsStudents get to know each other by asking questions on a worksheet. They must ask each person in the class a specific wh question from the worksheet.
Warmers & Fillers
Follow Up QuestionsStudents practice asking follow up questions while discussing a topic in their group.
Question MemoryStudents practice asking questions to their partner. Partners listen and use their memory to remember all the questions before answering.
Unfinished SentencesStudents work with a partner to finish sentences with their own information. Then, the two students have a conversation. This speaking activity works well as a warmer and encourages shy students to speak English.
What Are They Talking About?Students work in pairs to create a conversation around an "out of context" sentence given by the teacher.
Activities by Topic
Bourbon Street Jigsaw ActivityStudents find out information about five people living on Bourbon Street. A jigsaw activity where each person in the class has a piece of the puzzle.
Dating DiscussionStudents use dating conversation questions to have a dating discussion in groups about dating in the student's home country.
Dating Do's And Don'tsStudents role play dating do's and don'ts in the United States. Students have a list of dating rules to guess the rules being broken in the role plays.
Dating In The USAStudents take notes about dating in the USA. Students compare similarities and differences with their own country.
Describe A ClassmateStudents use physical appearance vocabulary to describe someone in the class. Students work in groups to guess the student being described.
ESL Shopping Role playStudents brainstorm shopping phrases and use a handout to create a shopping role-play.
Jigsaw SpeakingStudents summarize and tell a story. The students who listened to the story retell the story to a third person. The third person retells the story to a fourth person.
Let's Travel AmericaStudents role play a one week trip to the United States. They have 2000 USD to travel America. They must compare costs and not go over the budget.
The Modern FamilyStudents use family vocabulary to complete a family tree. A jigsaw speaking exercise where each student has one piece of the puzzle.
What Is My Personality?Students use a set of personality traits (from cards and a handout) to describe people. They exchange stories and try to guess their partner's personality trait.
Teacher Submitted Activities
Draw the WordExciting picture description game that will have everyone speaking English and enjoying themselves.
5 Minute DiscussionsStudents have semi-formal discussions stating and asking for opinions about everyday topics in small groups. Discussion topics range from easy to more difficult and controversial.
ESL Speaking Activities
ESL Speaking Activities
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