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The following ESL resources are available for Basic question forms:

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Error correction - basic questions
Nine simple questions containing errors. Includes yes / no questions, subject / object questions and errors with agreement etc.


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Question formation practice
Cut up grid. Ss make 6 sentences using the words and then ask each other


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Question forms - corrections
Correction slips for basic and common errors in simple personal questions


The verbs be and do in questions (1027)
Twelve-questions MC quiz


Personal questions matching exercise (233)
Match the questions and answers by dragging the correct answer with your mouse


Basic questions exercise 1 (137)
Simple word order exercise for present simple questions























General English course books (adults)

English Result Pre-Intermediate Student's Book book cover 

English Result Pre-Intermediate Student's Book 

Mark Hancock   Annie McDonald   
Unit 1 Personal details  Page 11   be and do in questions
Global Intermediate Coursebook book cover 

Global Intermediate Coursebook 

Lindsay Clandfield   Rebecca Robb Benne   
Unit 1 Language & Culture  Page 11   Questions review
Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 1 Friends  Pages 5 - 7
(1) Interview with Jade Jagger. Ss read answers and make questions. (2) Subject and object questions about celebrities. (3) Questions ending in prepositions. (4) General knowledge Os and Xs game.
New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book 

Sarah Cunningham   Peter Moore   
Module 1 Leisure and lifestyle  Pages 8 - 9
Sports quiz: try and answer questions, listen to check results

Photocopiable resource books

Elementary Grammar Games book cover 

Elementary Grammar Games 

Jill Hadfield   
11 - be: yes / no questions  Page 11 
Ss make yes / no questions beginning 'is' or 'are' by adding a word and passing it to the next student.
12 - be: wh- questions  Page 12 
Matching game - beginnings and ends of questions containing the verb 'to be'.
16 - have got: wh- questions  Page 16 
Small groups. Making 'wh' questions from word cards. 'What colour eyes has your mother got?' etc
18 - Is there...? and Are there...?  Page 18 
Pictures. Ss have to ask questions to match lodgers with bedsits.
22 - Present simple: yes / no questions  Page 22 
Ss take a picture and ask their partner a question about it. e.g. (ice-cream picture) 'Do you like ice cream?' + variations / extensions
23 - Present simple: wh- questions  Page 23 
Set of animal pictures Set of answers to questions about the animals. Ss turn over pictures and form appropriate questions; then match to answers. e.g. Pic card: camels. Answer card : to store water S must make question, 'Why do camels have humps?' (or equivalent)
Intermediate Communication Games book cover 

Intermediate Communication Games 

Jill Hadfield   
7 - Whose  Page 7 
Ss complete questionnaires as follows: ...is a student whose brother... etc.
10 - Crossed lines  Page 10 
Making and answering simple telephone enquiries; getting the wrong number.
28 - The queue  Page 28 
Past simple. Yes / no questions. Ss have to reassemble a queue of people by asking yes / no questions and using information in role cards.

Grammar books with exercises

Developing Grammar in Context book cover 

Developing Grammar in Context 

Mark Nettle   Diana Hopkins   
17 Question forms 1 : basic questions  Pages 95 - 100

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
1a Spotlight on you  Page 1 
Question word and yes/no questions. Ss complete questions from prompts and ask each other
1b Find out  Page 1 
Question word and yes/no questions. Similar to 'Find someone who ' activity.
Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  book cover 

Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  

Sue Kay   
1a - 1b Who are you?  Page 1 
Chart completion on basic personal information (age, job) etc. with 14 role cards
2a - 2b Talk about routines  Page 2 
Board game with question cards - skeleton prompts
Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
2a Family Matters  Page 2 
Mill drill type activity with yes / no questions relating to family
1-4a Find someone who  Pages 1 - 4
Various tenses etc

ESL lesson plans

How Donald Trump Got Rich: A Tale of Three Trumps

US Election ESL worksheet 1 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 2 Donald Trump worksheet 3 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 4 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 5 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 6
B1 / B2 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; role play Vocabulary: business and economics

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for B1/B2 (PDF)
C1 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; Grammar: participle clauses

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for C1 (PDF)

US Election Special 2016

US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: discussing elections and issues.

Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)

Wear high heels or go home: gender discrimination at work

Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.

Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
Download English grammar notes: comparison with as...as (PDF)