ESL Speaking Activities

ESL Speaking Activities

ESL Speaking Activities help students feel more comfortable with asking and answering questions and improve confidence.

 

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Semi-controlled 

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.

 

Minimal Preparation

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.

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Icebreakers

Warmers & Fillers

Activities by Topic

Bourbon Street Jigsaw Activity

Bourbon Street Jigsaw Activity

Students 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 Discussion

Dating Discussion

Students use dating conversation questions to have a dating discussion in groups about dating in the student's home country.
Dating Do's And Don'ts

Dating Do's And Don'ts

Students 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 USA

Dating In The USA

Students take notes about dating in the USA. Students compare similarities and differences with their own country.
Describe A Classmate

Describe A Classmate

Students use physical appearance vocabulary to describe someone in the class. Students work in groups to guess the student being described.
ESL Shopping Role play

ESL Shopping Role play

Students brainstorm shopping phrases and use a handout to create a shopping role play.
Jigsaw Speaking

Jigsaw Speaking

Students summarize and tell a story. The listener retells the story to a third person. The third person retells the story to a fourth person.
Let's Travel America

Let's Travel America

Students 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 Family

The Modern Family

Students 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?

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

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Becki

Hi fellow EFL Sensei!

I'm Becki, the Co-Founder and the one who put up all these great speaking activities. We’re here to provide enjoyable lessons for teachers like you! Learn more