Present Simple Interviews

This is a fantastic activity for giving students practise in asking and answering questions in the third person singular.

present simple interview

Make sure students are in pairs, if there are an odd number of students, it’s best if the teacher makes up the odd pair at this stage.

Give each pair a set of interview sheets (Note: each sheets contain the same questions, but the sequence is different, in order to keep the activity from becoming too robotic).

The first step is to elicit what the question word in the first column should be for each row and have them orally construct each question. Ideally students will produce the full questions spontaneously during the interviews, so discourage them from writing the full questions down (of course weaker students might feel the need to do so).

First Student A asks their questions and notes down keywords from Student B’s answer in the third column. When this is done get students to swap roles in their pairs. A slow or chatty pair of students can really hold this activity up, so it’s a good idea to set a clear time limit for the completion of this stage of the activity.

When all the students have their interview sheets completed. Ask all the Student As to stand up and rotate one place to the right, so that they are now working with a different Student B. Now students will ask and answer questions about their partner’s previous interview partner using the third person form of the present simple. If there was an add number of students, the odd student can now join a three and relate their answers about the teacher. Remember to reiterate that this is a speaking activity so there is no need for them to write down anything.

When everyone is finished, repeat the process. Have all the As stand up and rotate, and again ask and answer questions about their original partners. The repetition is really helpful in cementing the form and the change of partner, keeps the activity interesting.

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