These ESL speaking activities have the simple aim of encouraging students to speak openly and freely, with minimal support, in order to achieve their communicative goals. Only in these situations can we really gauge a student’s progress and discover their strengths and weaknesses. On this page, you will find suggestions for speaking games and activities that range from simpler, more controlled interactions to wide-ranging free-speaking activities.
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Discussion and Presentation Style Speaking Activities
This activity is well suited to first classes with more advanced students. In this mingling activity, learners trade opinions and cards with their classmates.
This is a simple to set up group discussion activity where students take it in turns to choose a topic and moderate the discussion. See also random conversation topics and random conversation questions on our partner site LearnHip.com.
A discussion exercise where students compare school life today to that of the past.
Students use simple future to speculate about developments in different fields.
Students bring in an object that has some meaning to them.
In this speed-dating like activity, students interview each other about their hobbies and interests.
Questionnaires and Surveys
Having students create surveys and questionnaires and then using them to interview each other is a great way to get your students interacting.
Why suffer in a hot and stuffy classroom trying to motivate sleepy students who only have ice cream on their minds? Here are some ideas for activities which you can take outside.
These kinds of speaking games are always fun to do. The challenge of keeping a straight face often leads to laughter which is always nice to have in the classroom.