Skill-based ESL Worksheets

Each of these worksheets has been designed to print out on a single sheet of A4 or US Letter size paper. Each worksheet may be downloaded, printed, photocopied, used and distributed freely for non-commercial purposes provided you do not modify its content.

Macro Skills

Listening

Numbers and Letters Bingo
pre-intermediate
Students listen to the numbers and call out the corresponding letters - or vice versa. It's also a great way to teach the phonetic alphabet.

Speaking

Getting to know you
pre-intermediate
Ideal for first lesson. Students interview each other (and Teacher?). Watch for trick questions. Clearly no-one in the class has gone to London.

Reading

Reading review
pre-intermediate
Form for completion by student reviewing book, short story, article, poem etc. Includes Overview and Commentary fields.

Writing

General knowledge quiz 1 [Key]
pre-intermediate
You may wish to allow students to use a dictionary, subject to precise level, culture etc.

Spelling: -ing
pre-intermediate
Students spell present participle of simple verbs: like>liking, stop>stopping.

Micro Skills

Grammar

Expressions of Quantity
pre-intermediate
Students insert the appropriate expression of quantity: I have a few onions, I don't have much salt.

Regular/Irregular verbs
pre-intermediate
Sort the following verbs into regular and irregular. (Some verbs may be both.)

Mixed-tense Questions
intermediate
Variety of questions in different tenses. Good oral drill where Teacher fires questions at group or individual and requires rapid and correct responses. Can also be used for pair work.

Question Tags
intermediate
Students add the tag:
(You like coffee, ___ ___ ?)

Gramatical Items
intermediate
Students write a sentence for each grammatical item, underlining the particular grammatical item.

Verbs and Tenses
intermediate
Students write a short sentence for each structure, underlining the particular structure.

Use(d) to   [Key]
intermediate
Students sort Used To Do, Used To Doing and Get Used To into three groups and explain the difference between each group.

Vocabulary

Country, nationality and language
beginner
Students complete the chart - She comes from the USA, she is American, she speaks English.

Describing objects
beginner
Students describe various objects by shape, colour and material.

ABC - Animals
pre-intermediate
Can you find an ANIMAL for each letter of the alphabet?

ABC - Cities
pre-intermediate
Can you find a CITY for each letter of the alphabet?

ABC - Countries
pre-intermediate
Can you find a COUNTRY for each letter of the alphabet?

ABC - Jobs
pre-intermediate
Can you find a JOB for each letter of the alphabet?

Opposite adjectives
pre-intermediate
Match the words in each column that mean the opposite or very nearly the opposite.

Size
Put the following words in order of size, with the biggest or strongest at the top.

Pronunciation

Word stress
beginner
Teacher reads out two- and three-syllable words. Students underline the stressed syllable.

Pronunciation-ed
pre-intermediate
Students write the phonetic symbol for each verb -ed ending: [d], [t] or [Id]. Includes a reading practice text laced with -ed verbs (and adjectives).