ESL activities – was/were questions

activity to practise past simple questions
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Aim To practise the past simple tense (was/were).
Activity Students ask and answer questions to complete a “find someone who” questionnaire.
Organisation Whole class
Preparation Make enough copies of the questionnaire for the number of students in your class.
What do I do? 1. Hand out questionnaires.
2. Students read through the questionnaire and think about the questions they need to ask.
3. Students mingle, and complete the questionnaire by writing students’ names in the box if they answer “yes”.
4. The objective is to find at least one “yes” for each question.
To develop fluency, encourage students to expand on their answers, rather than just answering “yes” or “no”.

Find someone who…
was at the beach yesterday.
was at home all day yesterday.
was at the cinema yesterday.
was at school / work at 8am yesterday.
was in a car at 7am yesterday.
was happy yesterday.
was in a cafe at 9am yesterday.
was stressed yesterday.
was asleep at 10pm yesterday.
activity to practise past simple questions
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