8 Likes/Dislikes, Routines, Interests and Hobbies Brainstorming and Speaking Activities

Elementary English language speaking activities generally focus on likes/dislikes, hobbies, interests and routines. These topics allow students to get used to practicing the present simple tense with topics that relate to their daily lives.

1 Likes and dislikes speaking activity (with possible answers)

This is a great icebreaker speaking activity to get an elementary language class speaking and practicing the present simple tense. Students have to be able describe each person’s likes and dislikes in the pictures.

Elementary likes/dislikes speaking activity.

Elementary likes/dislikes speaking activity (PDF)

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2  Likes and dislikes speaking activity (more advanced) (with possible answers)

This is another slightly more advanced version of the above speaking activity. Students need to use their critical thinking skills to interpret the pictures and describe each person’s likes and dislikes.

Likes/dislikes and present simple speaking activity.

Likes/dislikes speaking activity (PDF)

3 Free time activities speaking lesson

This is an elementary ESL speaking exercise for talking about free time activities. Students match the vocabulary to the pictures and then interview a classmate about their favorite free time activity. Click on the image below to download the printable PDF file.

Free time language and speaking activity

Free time activities speaking lesson (PDF)

4  Brainstorming routines/daily activities

  An elementary ESL exercise for brainstorming language to describe routines & daily activities in the present tense.. Students  can brainstorm individually, in groups, or as a class. Students use the verbal and visual cues  to fill in the worksheet.


Brainstorming routines and daily activities (PDF)

5 Do or Make ?? collocations exercise for daily routines (with answers)

Students match the verbs  “do” or “make” with the nouns in the center of the worksheet.Then they match the collocations to the appropriate pictures. Once they have done this they use the collocations and their own ideas to write sentences at the bottom of the page

Do vs make collocations for talking about daily routines

Do or make collocations (PDF)

6 Short dialogues discussing hobbies worksheet

This is an English speaking skills and fluency exercise . Students try to complete the short dialogues using the speech bubbles.

Discussing hobbies conversation worksheet

Discussing hobbies (PDF)

7 Common conversations

This is an elementary ESL exercise for practicing and reviewing basic questions and answers necessary for basic socializing. Students look at the pictures and fill in appropriate questions and answers.

Common exchanges for talking about routines and interests

Common conversations (PDF)

 8 Things I like to do

Another good icebreaker and  elementary ESL exercise for getting an elementary ESL class started by brainstorming language  for the things students like to do on a daily basis.

“Things I like to  do” graphic organizer (PDF)

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