Modals of Obligation Activity

This is a downloadable ESL communicative activity to practise the difference between have to, don't have to, must and mustn't.

Worksheet to practise modals of obligation

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Aim To practise modal verbs of obligation. To highlight the difference between “mustn’t” and “don’t have to”.
Activity Students categorize modal verbs and complete sentences about their country.
Organisation Pair work
Preparation Make enough copies of the worksheet for the number of students in your class.
What do I do?
  1. Hand out the worksheet.
  2. Students put the modal verbs in the correct column.
  3. Students complete sentences about their country by inserting a modal verb.
  4. Discuss the points as a class. Do students agree or disagree with them?

MUST
MUSTN’T
HAVE TO
DON’T HAVE TO

Necessary?
Not necessary?

In my country…
You … wear a seat belt in a car
Men … do military service
Children … go to school on Saturday
You … go to the doctor every year
You … pay for school books
You … vote in an election
You … pay to drive on motorways

Keith Taylor
Keith is the co-founder of Eslbase. He has been a teacher and teacher trainer for over 20 years, in Indonesia, Australia, Morocco, Spain, Italy, Poland, France and now in the UK.

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