What is a Worksheet?

work·sheet

noun:
a paper listing questions or tasks for learners

A worksheet is a sheet of paper given by a teacher to students that lists tasks for the students to accomplish.

typical ESL worksheets

Worksheets are used for all subjects (for example maths, geography etc).

In English teaching, a worksheet usually concentrates on one specific area of learning and is often used to practise a particular topic that has recently been learned or introduced.

ESL worksheets designed for English learners may be found ready-made by specialist publishers and websites or may be made by teachers themselves.

Depending on the topic and complexity, and how the teacher might present or elicit answers, an ESL worksheet may or may not have a corresponding answersheet.

By definition, a worksheet is limited to one or two pages (that is one sheet, front and back).

A typical ESL worksheet usually:

  • is limited to one topic
  • has an interesting layout
  • is fun to do
  • can be completed in a fairly short space of time