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Question tags

 

We can use question tags to check something we believe to be true. I am fairly sure his name is David but I'm not 100 per cent certain:Your name's David, isn't it?I think he likes fish but I'm not absolutely sure:You like fish, don't you?I don't think he's coming to the meeting:Read more

 

The following ESL resources are available for Question tags:

 
 
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Oral practice - question tags
Students complete statements guessing about their partners, then check their guesses by adding a question tag
 
 

 

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Question tag dominoes
12-piece dominoes game including trickier examples, Imperative + will you? Let's + shall we?
 
 

 

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Question tags extra practice
Intended as a self-study extra. Students could practise reading the statements aloud and inserting the tags.
 
 

 

 
 
 
Question tags quiz
Ten-question MC quiz
 
 

 

Related material from other sources

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
Grammar Challenge - question tags external link icon
Short radio BBC radio programme about question tags. MP3download available.
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate

Vaughan Jones   Susan Kay   
 
Unit 1 Images  Pages 6 - 7
Short listening (T 02) + analysis; gap-type exercises.
 
 
New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book

Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
 
Module 1 Past and present  Pages 14 - 15  Uses of auxiliaries
Audio dialogue + script for analysis of various uses of auxiliaries: emphases, short answers, queston tags, expressing interest.
 
 
New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 1 Impressions  Page 7   Grammar and pronunciation
Intonation for question tags; practice
 
Unit 1 Impressions  Page 7   Speaking: anecdote
Students talk about a person who made a big impression on them
 
 

Photocopiable resource books

Grammar Games and Activities 1 book cover 

Grammar Games and Activities 1

Peter Watcyn-Jones   
 
30 - Group opinions  Page 86 
(1) Ss interview each other on a list of topics using question tags - 'You don't trust politicians, do you?' etc. (2) Report findings using 'most of us', 'some of us' etc.
 
 
Play Games with English Book 2 (1981-8) book cover 

Play Games with English Book 2 (1981-8)

Colin Granger   John Plumb   
 
Connections 2 page 21  Page 21 
Match utterances with 'So do I', 'Do you' etc.
 
 

Speaking / listening skills books

Real Listening & Speaking 3 book cover 

Real Listening & Speaking 3

Miles Craven   
 
Unit 1 How are things?  Page 12 
 
 

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack

Susan Kay   
 
5 Are you in tune?  Page 5 
Questionnaire activity intended to practice tag questions. Personal questions about music.
 
 
Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack

Susan Kay   
 
1b I know you, don't I?  Page 1 
Ss makes a guess about their partner's lifestyle (list of prompts), then check if they are right using a question tag.
 
 

Grammar

Comparison with as...as...

Comparison with <i>as</i>...</i>as...</as>: picture
 
Detailed grammar reference notes on comparison with as....
Three pages, illustrated. Includes positive and negative forms, modifiers and common similes.
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Download Comparison with as...as - grammar notes (PDF)
 
 

ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination: picture
 
Work clothing vocabulary.
News story in graded English about woman who was sent home for refusing to wear high-heeled shoes.
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Download Dress code (PDF)
 
 

ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps: picture
 
Three articles in graded English with lead-in and comprehension tasks.
Jigsaw reading for groups of three.
Grammar follow-up on participle clauses (PDF advanced version)
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Download Intermediate (PDF)
 
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Download Advanced (PDF)