15 Epic ESL Exercises for English Education
These ESL exercises are a controlled way to practice a particular language aspect.
For example, we focus on the parts of speech which include nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions and more.
Because when students learn from guided ESL exercises, it can truly resonate in memory with a sense of precision and accomplishment.
Ready to get started? And don’t forget that all our worksheets are 100% free to use in your classroom today.
1 Countable Nouns vs Uncountable Nouns
A plural noun suggests more than one person, place or thing. Plural nouns can be countable or uncountable.
For example, we can specify a count for countable nouns such as 5 carrots. But for uncountable nouns, we can’t assign a number like rice.
2 Daily Routines – Present Verb Tense
First, put students in pairs. Next, they review each of the daily routine examples in the worksheet. Using the present verb tense, they ask each other what their daily routines are?
For example, do they wash their hands every day? Can they think of other daily routines they have? How about weekly or monthly routines?
3 Prepositions of Location
In this preposition practice worksheet, students practice prepositions by writing down the location of the ball in each scene.
Where is the apple in relation to the box(es)?
4 Adverbs of Frequency
In this adverb activity, you have to fill in the adverb of frequency that is true to yourself. For example, I always eat breakfast before I go to class. The most common adverbs of frequency are never, hardly ever, rarely, seldom, occasionally, sometimes, often, frequently, usually and always. They are usually in this form for sentences: Subject + Adverb + Verb.
5 Emotions Vocabulary: Personality Adjectives
In pairs, place a pin in the center of the chart and spin it. The pin will point to a specific emotion. Have you ever felt that emotion? When would you feel this emotion in your life? Discuss with your partner.
Of all worksheets, this is the most in-depth vocabulary for emotions. Because students always need help explaining how they feel, their emotions vocabulary should significantly increase with this activity.
6 Singular and Plural Nouns
Instead of our more challenging irregular nouns worksheet, these are regular plural nouns where they end with -s or -es.
For example, the plural of “balloon” is “balloons”. When there’s more than one, in this case they add -s. Simple as that.
7 Action and Helping Verbs
Generally, we use helping verbs to compliment action verbs. For the majority of the time, the helping been goes before the action verb.
For example, in the sentence “he should listen in class” – “should” is the helping verb and “listen” is the action verb.
7 Irregular Past Tense Verbs
First, students have to complete the sentence by conjugating the verb in the Irregular Past Tense Verbs Worksheet. At the end of each sentence, it has the verb they have to use.
After completing this, they have to match each sentence with the image below. Simply, they have to write the number in the box. Finally, can they think of any other irregular verbs? In pairs, they can write a list of other irregular past tense verbs on a separate piece of paper.
8 Opposite Adjectives: Find the 2 Opposites
In this opposite for kids worksheet, students have to find the 2 opposites in each group of 3. After they find the opposites, they have to circle them.
From start to finish, they have to find the opposites. When they have completes the opposite adjectives worksheet, instructors will have to verify they are correct.
9 Comparative Adjectives Worksheet
Comparative adjectives contrast differences (bigger, faster, higher, etc) between two or several people, places or things. For example, it usually follows this pattern of sentence:
Noun (subject) + verb + comparative adjective + than + noun (object)
10 Compound Words: The Matching Game
First, connect the dots in each column. Next, think of additional compound words on an additional piece of paper. Finally, review them as a class.
If you want to teach compound words for kids, then this is a great introductory lesson. Along with 3 compound words worksheets and activities, this will put students on solid footing of forming their own.
11 Minimal Pairs: Pronunciation Pyramid
In the pronunciation game, students have to keep a keen ear on what they hear. For example, we use minimal pairs which are similar sounding words with one different phonological element.
First, they start at the top of the pyramid. Next, the teacher says the word and students have to circle it. Meanwhile, this process continues until everyone reaches the bottom. Finally, there’s only one spot where everyone should finish.
As the teacher, you have to keep track of where the final landing spot should be. Check your students understanding. Finally, review the minimal pairs by practicing each sound as a classroom.
12 Picture Rhymes Worksheet
Whether you focus on syllable segmentation or mouth anatomy, this list of rhyming worksheets can help put the concepts into practice.
For most, this is one of the funnest rhyming worksheets. Not only does it helps students practice pronunciation, but they also learn to rhyme. For the picture rhymes worksheet, each picture is a rhyme. What is it?
13 Compound Nouns in Pictures
First, students examine each picture. After they figure out the compound word in the picture, they write it in the box below. After students finish all the compound words, they draw a compound word in the empty box. Finally, their friends guess what it is until they are correct.
A two-word combo in one is a compound word. Overall, they are a lot of fun to learn about the origin of the word. Below the compound words in words worksheet, we have provided answers to each question.
14 Common and Proper Nouns Worksheet
For example, if the common noun is mountain, they have to think of a proper noun like Mount Everest.Notice how the proper noun is capitalized but the common noun isn’t.
This is because common nouns are just general names. But proper names are specific and require the first letter to be capitalized.
15 Irregular Plural Nouns Worksheet
For example, “men” is an irregular plural noun for “man”. Because we change the vowel from “a” to “e”, this makes it irregular.
In this irregular plural nouns worksheet, students have to convert each singular noun to plural irregular nouns. Ranging from easy to difficult, feel free to use in your classroom for free.
It’s Time to Shine
These ESL exercises have structure and teach a particular aspect in language learning.
Because when you guide students with these ESL exercises, all the pieces of the teaching puzzle start fitting together.
And students go from just good towards greatness.
Which ESL activities do you like most in this list. Please let me know with a comment below.