EFL - ESL activities and games for teaching subject and object pronouns

A collection of practical ESL activities and games for teaching the correct usage of subject and object pronouns. These resources can be used to form the basis of a lesson plan or to supplement an existing one. If you need to bring these materials into the classroom for reference, the TEFL Handbook app gives you offline access to all of the ESL resources on this site, plus a lot more.

Lead-in activity

The board work below illustrates one way to introduce subject and object pronouns in the ESL classroom. Begin by writing a basic sentence on the board and eliciting the subject and object pronouns. Then elicit a list of subject pronouns along with their corresponding object pronouns.

EFL - ESL Lead-in activity for subject and object pronouns | Elementary

ESL classroom activities

Gap fill and translation

This ESL grammar activity will test whether the students understand when to use each object pronoun. They will complete the following gap fill exercise and translate the meaning to their L1. Once they have completed the exercise, they should compare their sentences and translations with a partner. There are multiple correct answers for some of these so their answers should be different:

1. They always buy ___ sweets. = L1
2. She never helps me with ___ homework. = L1
3. I sometimes make ___ breakfast. = L1
4. We like to bring ___ to the zoo. = L1
5. you never help ___ with my homework. = L1
6. We see ___ every day. = L1

More practice

Here's another ESL activity that reinforces the target language for this lesson. Students work individually to complete the following style of gap fill exercise:

1. John is my friend, I really like _____. (John)
2. I hope they invite _____ to the party. (Paul and Jane)
3. I enjoyed listening to _____. (a song)
4. Did you help _____ with _____ homework. (Marie)
5. I hope they let _____ play, we’re the best players.

When finished, they should compare their answers with a partner.

A little help from my friends

In this ESL writing activity, students will write a paragraph about their friends and best friend. They should make use of the object pronouns me/him/her/them. If they find this task difficult, you can always do an example on the board

ESL games for subject and object pronouns

Charades: What happened?

A creative twist on an ESL classic. Students have to act out a scenario based on a statement containing subject and object pronouns. On each turn, Students from one team will come to the front of the class to act out a scenario based on a statement containing subject and object pronoun. If you want, you could demo with an assistant first. Some examples to get you going:

1. They gave them hamburgers.
2. He sold her a car.
3. She stole his football.
4. They listened to their song/band.
5. We ate their food.
6. I went to their party.

More A2 level ESL lesson plans

If you've found these ideas useful, be sure to check out our complete list of ESL lesson plans for elementary level students, A2 lower and A2 upper. For other levels, see the entire collection of ESL lesson plans. Our suggested next lesson is on the past simple negative. Also, Android and iOS users can access all of our materials through the TEFL Handbook app. An ESL lesson planner for English teachers.

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