ESL activities and games for teaching questions with have got

Grammar | 60 - 90 minutes

A collection of ESL activity and game ideas for teaching 'have got' style questions to beginners. These can be used either as a stand-alone lesson plan or to supplement an existing one.

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Use of the board

The example ESL board work below attempts to give a visual representation of the target language for this lesson. Most learners at this level have difficulty with word order and the verb conjugations. As always, use the colour-coded board text to help you think about what parts you should attempt to elicit. If you have competency in your students' L1, you could also have them translate some simple sentences to confirm their understanding.

EFL - ESL Lead-in activity for beginners | Have got questions


Question circle

The students will use the target language to ask and answer one question. 

Refer to the board work if you have used it and tell the students that they will have to make and answer one question using this lesson's target language. Students will ask a question to their classmate on the right until everybody has had a turn. You start by asking the first question.

What have you got?

For this pair work activity, students will use the grammar from this lesson ask about family and home life. 

Start off by writing the following prompts on the board: 

A brother 
A sister 
An uncle 
An aunt 
A cousin 
A pet 
A favourite football team/film/singer 
A television in your bedroom 
A bike 
A skateboard 

In pairs, the students will now interview each other using 'have got' style questions. You should monitor and correct any mistakes.

What has he/she got?

You will ask follow-up questions related to the previous activity. 

Now we flip the tracks and ask students questions about their partner to see if they can remember the answers. Encourage the other student to correct them if they answer incorrectly: 

Teacher: Has she got a brother? 
Student A: Yes, she has. 
Student B: No, I haven't. 
Student A: Sorry! No, she hasn't.

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Teams have to remember details from the previous activities to win points. 

Start by dividing the class into two teams. On each turn, you will ask one of the teams a 'have got' style question related to a previous activity. The other side wins a point if they guess the correct answer. 

Encourage both teams to answer using the correct language: 

Teacher: (With three members of team B) Have they got sisters? 
Team A: Yes, they have. 
Teacher: Is that correct? 
Team B: No, we haven't.

More ESL lesson plans for beginners

Our suggested next lesson is on how to describe people. If you've found these materials useful, be sure to check out our full list of ESL lesson plans for beginners (A1 Upper), as well as our complete selection of EFL - ESL lesson plans. If you use an iOS or Android device, have a look at the TEFL Handbook app. An ESL lesson planner for English teachers. It has a lot more content and gives you faster access to our ESL resources, making it easier to use in class.

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