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?

We start off with an ESL grammar activity. Write the following style of gap fill exercise on the board and have the students complete the sentences:

1. John is living somewhere in China.
2. I’ve done everything on the list.
3. He heard something moving around in the trees.
4. Adam is very brave, nothing scares him.
5. Everyone is going to David’s party.
6. Is there anything on TV tonight?
7. Mary didn’t say anything to us.
8. You can collect the children anytime, I’ll be here all day.
9. They sold everything in the shop.
10. There’s someone at the door, you better answer it.

An interesting sentence

This ESL writing activity challenges your students to think about how to apply the target language creatively. Indefinite pronouns are paired up with random words. The students will work in pairs to make sentences from these pairings. Encourage them to be as creative and funny as possible:

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

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

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

Related ESL games

Hot seat: Indefinite pronouns

Students have to describe a pair of words to another student. 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 / work - 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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