EFL - ESL activities and games for teaching indefinite pronouns

An ESL lesson plan that contains practical activities, games and resources for teaching indefinite pronouns to intermediate level English students (A2). You can use this collection of ideas as a stand-alone lesson plan, or to supplement an existing one on a similar or related topic. If you use an iOS or Android device, don't forget that you can get offline access to these materials, along with a much more extensive selection of ESL lesson plans, through the TEFL Handbook app.

Lead-in activity

You may find that students at this level are already familiar with some or most of these. However, they will still confuse these and continue to make small errors even into intermediate. Start off by eliciting and explaining the meaning of each indefinite pronoun. Add the L1 translations if you wish. After that, step through each functional use on the board and try to elicit an example sentence.

EFL - ESL Lead-in activity for indefinite pronouns | Elementary

Activities for teaching indefinite pronouns

Is everything understood? 

For this grammar activity, the students have to complete sentences using the correct indefinite pronoun. 

Add the following to the board and have the students work individually to complete the sentences. 

1. John is living ____ in China. 
2. I've done ____ on the list. 
3. He heard ____ moving around in the trees. 
4. Adam is very brave, ____ scares him. 
5. ____ is going to David's party. 
6. Is there ____ on TV tonight? 
7. Mary didn't say ____ to us. 
8. You can collect the children ____, I'll be here all day. 
9. They sold ____ in the shop. 
10. There's ____ at the door, you better answer it. 

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

Key 
1. somewhere 
2. everything 
3. something 
4. nothing 
5. everyone 
6. anything 
7. anything 
8. anytime 
9. everything 
10. someone

An interesting sentence 

A pair-work writing activity where the students have to make sentences using indefinite pronouns and another arbitrary word. 

Start by adding the following prompts to the board: 

1. Something - lake 
2. Anything - newspaper 
3. Nothing - TV 
4. Nobody - job 
5. Everything - important 
6. Anytime - campsite 
7. Someone - sky 
8. Everyone - boat 
9. No one - homework 

Next, split the group into pairs and tell them that they have to make sentences from these pairings. Encourage them to be as creative and funny as possible. 

You could even turn this into a fun team game, where you give a point for the funniest sentence. If you decide to do that, award points as part of the next activity.

Sentence discussion 

The students will discuss the sentences that they created during the previous task. 

Following on from the previous activity, students discuss their sentences and provide corrections/improvements to the other groups. If you have decided to play this as a game, award points for the funniest sentence.

Related ESL games

Hot seat: Indefinite pronouns 

Students will have to describe sentences that contain the target language to the player in the hot seat. 

Start by dividing the class into two teams. On each turn, one student will sit with their back to the board, facing their teammates. Write an indefinite pronoun, random word and tense on board behind the student in the hot seat. Their teammates must then describe the two words without explicitly saying them. Once the student in the hot seat has guessed the words correctly, they have to make a sentence that uses the pronoun and random word in the specified tense. Set a time limit if you wish. Below are some examples to get you going: 

1. nobody / works - Present continuous 
2. everything / eat - Past continuous 
3. someone / Spain - Present simple 
4. anytime / tiger - Future 
5. everybody / castle - Past simple

More A2 level ESL lesson plans

We hope that you were able to grab a few ideas from this lesson plan. Be sure to check out our complete collection of elementary level lesson plans, A2 lower and A2 upper. For other levels, have a look at our entire collection of ESL activities. Also, if you are an iOS or Android user, the best way to view this content is through the TEFL Handbook app. An ESL lesson planner for English teachers, designed for in-class use.

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