Linking Q&A

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Linking Q&A

Teacher comments: This is a whole class interactive grammar activity with question and answer cards. Everyone will have a go at identifying correct answers, reading answers and questions out loud. Make sure you use up all cards to link the thread. This means that all students receive at least one card until all cards have been given out. The student who is holding the card with the correct answer will have to identify it and read the answer out loud. Then it will be his/her turn to read the question on the card. Some students may have more than one card. This is due to the fact that the thread has to keep going. Try to make sure that those students who are most confident will get multiple cards (if any are left).

All students will have to participate and concentrate as they don’t know when the question comes up with the answer on THEIR card. 

When you create your own cards you can use any grammar point and level of students’ knowledge. The possibilities are endless. Just remember to keep it interesting.

Teacher resources: Prepared cards with questions and answers. See teacher instructions below.

Teacher instructions: Prepare questions on cards and make sure that only one answer is correct which is written on another card followed by a question. So you will have cards with one answer and one question. You can type out your questions and answers and laminate on A4. Then cut out to small sizes. You will have a great resource to keep.

TIP: Before you cut up the (laminated) A4 into small cards make a copy. Sometimes students do not recognise it is their turn. You may have to prompt them and ask; ‘Who has got, e.g. My dog is called Woof’. Soon you will find the student holding the correct card to read out the answer and the new question.

Instruct the first student to only read out the question on his/her card.

At the end of the game you can shuffle the cards and re-distribute. Students will become more confident as they repeat the activity.  



Card 1

Answer: My birthday is today.

Question: You have a dog. What is his name?

Card 2

Answer: My dog is called Woof.

Question: I am hungry. What do I need?

Card 3

Answer: You need food.

Question: When will dinner be ready?

Card 4

Answer: Dinner will be ready at 6.

Question: Will you come to the cinema with me?

Card 5

Answer: I would love to go to the movies.

Question: You look a bit pale. Are you tired?

Card 6

Answer: I feel very tired. (you can put challenges in such as; I feel exhausted)

Question: Where is your house?

Card 7

Answer: My house is up on the hill.

Question: How many rooms are there in your house?

Card 8

Answer: There are five rooms in my house.

Question:  When is your birthday?


25 Comments for : Linking Q&A
    • Pam Cramond
    • January 13, 2017

    Linked Question and Answer
    With this exercise, students have to understand the question asked, read what is on their card and decide whether their card answers the question. They then have to volunteer the answer and read out their question for the next person to answer. If all of the questions and answers use the grammatical construct being taught, this reinforces the lesson and allows the students to read and speak in English and think about the use of grammar in a fairly non-threatening way. Every student gets a chance to answer a question and ask one.

    • Elizabeth Young
    • January 18, 2017

    This activity can be adapted to any ESL level and any topic. Moreover, it promotes active listening and reading skills – combined with fluency to recognize the correct response in a timely fashion.
    This activity could be further adapted to an ‘extension activity’ such as adding in singular more complex vocabulary for higher ESL levels to encourage them to work out the meaning by understanding the context of the sentence and/or to activities such as recognizing synonyms or antonyms.

    • Dianne
    • January 23, 2017

    This is a great game that would work, as you say, with any level and for many different language functions. I like, too, that everyone has to pay attention to all the questions in case the answer is on their card. I’d love to try it with elementary students using some basis grammar questions. Thanks very much!

    • Yuliya Snoxall
    • February 6, 2017

    This activity ensures 100% participation, utilising listening and reading skills alongside grammar practice. It also delivers examples of correct use of grammatical structures and vocabulary. This exercise can be used both as a revision tool, and an introduction to new grammar or vocabulary.

    • Heidi
    • February 16, 2017

    ‘Linking Q & A’ is a great activity for the ESL classroom. It is an activity that maximizes participation levels and also requires great concentration and listening skills. It creates an opportunity for students to interact in a class group and have fun. Also depending on the grammar point or level of students, the questions can be changed to suit the appropriate level or topic.

  1. ‘Linking Q&A’ is a great game because it is interactive and must be inclusive of everyone involved. It is a versatile game as it can be used to practice any language function and can be pitched at any level. It requires all students to practice listening, reading and speaking skills. I especially like the element of chance to this game; students don’t know when it will be their turn so they must actively listen to what others say at all times and be ready to participate. It can provide students with opportunities to both ask and answer questions.

  2. Linking Q&A is an activity that requires 100% concentration and whole class participation. It promotes listening, speaking and reading skills and can be adapted to any ESL level and any topic. Whilst offering topic revision in an interactive and fun manner it also acts an evaluation tool for the teacher.
    If time permitted this activity could incorporate writing skills – for example, a student could volunteer to write their question on the board for the class to answer out loud….the first student to answer correctly is offered the next turn at the board.
    This is an excellent activity for classes with older aged students.

    • Wendy Jones
    • April 12, 2017

    Linking Q&A activity has a lot of positive aspects to it and can be structured to suit particular needs, levels and points of learning. The activity could be: used as an ice breaker, have a particular topic that all Q&As are centred around, written to illustrate a particular tense or follow up a lesson that has just been taught. Students must concentrate and listen carefully for their question then read both answer and question out loud therefore practising listening, reading and speaking skills. As a group or in pairs students could write their own Q&A cards and run the activity with the rest of the group, thus extending the activity to include writing.
    I think this is a great activity with lots of scope.

    • Michaela Hanson
    • April 21, 2017

    This game could be adapted in so many ways to cater for different language functions, learning styles and abilities. I like to also introduce the use of a mini whiteboard and pen where students can write out the answer before reading it aloud.

    • Belinda Thomas
    • April 23, 2017

    This is a great activity that really ensures students will be paying attention and participating. It has multiple opportunities for use and extension and can be used to teach a range of grammar points or even topic based vocabulary. I also believe that it suits various age groups for learning. There are also various follow up activities, for example, in pairs students could think of / write a question and answer on their own cards and then these could be used so that students are also practising their writing skills.

    • Mark
    • May 3, 2017

    This activity has the versatility to be used with students of just about any age or level of proficiency. It would be great for keeping students in large classes simultaneously engaged. For more advanced classes, pictures or scenes could be included as question or answer to give students a chance to experiment with their English.

  3. I like the interactive aspect of this activity. This game develops confidence in conversational skills and an understanding of sentence structure. It is a game which encourages discussion. In the context of ESL Approaches, this activity is Eclectic as it incorporates a number of approaches with flexibility. The Lesson Techniques covered in this game are Speaking, Listening and Reading. This is a busy activity which demands the students’ attention. In addition it’s fun!

    • Anna
    • June 22, 2017

    This activity provides a great opportunity for speaking and listening. I like how adaptable it is for different topics and English proficiencies, and can be tailored to suit larger or smaller classes. Thank you for the detailed teacher instructions – I will definitely give this one a go!

    • Marion
    • June 27, 2017

    This activity is very simple yet effective in achieving a variety of results: whole class involvement – grabbing all student’s attention as they never know when it will be their turn; everyone will have a go at answering as well as asking a question; practicing active listening and reading skills; be alert and respond in time; demonstration of correct use of grammar. The cards can easily be tailored to current grammar lesson which helps to reinforce the learned. You could use the cards as ice-breakers or revisions and adapt it to any ESL level. Great game – will definitely use it in my practice. 

    • Leeanne Laguna
    • August 8, 2017

    I like that this activity can be adapted to most topics and learning levels. It also uses many skills including reading comprehension listening. I believe this game could be delivered in a fun, active and inclusive way.

  4. Linking Q & A seems like a great activity for the classroom as it requires all students to participate. The other great thing is that it can be tailored to any learner styles and allows for a broad range of grammar and vocabulary to be used between the Q & A cards as well as space for repetition and improvement. Teacher instructions are clearly laid out and easy to understand.

    • Sam
    • August 31, 2017

    Linking Q & A is an important activity as it requires the participation of the entire class and ensures that all students must be paying attention, as none of them know when their question or their answer will come up. It is also very versatile and can be quite easily adapted to varying levels of language skill. The questions can also be adapted to whatever topics are being covered in the lesson. Teacher instructions are laid out in a simple, easy to follow manner. This is an activity that I will be definitely be utilising in my lessons.

    • Pamela Holmes
    • September 11, 2017

    I am looking forward to using the activity “Linking Q & A” with students in the future. This activity can be adapted and used for any lesson and topic, and can be used with many levels of learning. It can reinforce new vocabulary and grammar points as well as support reading, speaking and listening. Students need to actively listen and everyone in the group is included and needed ensuring not only outgoing people participate but those that are quiet and reserved or unsure also have a chance to practice skills learned in the lesson.
    Instructions for this activity are very clear and easy to understand making preparation of this activity simple. Thank you for sharing.

    • Joana Vale
    • September 23, 2017

    This is a great activity to be implemented in any level and topic. Allows participants to read, speak and interact with each other discussing what they think it is correct or not as the answer. As a group activity is very positive as makes sure everyone is included in the game.
    Instructions are easy to understand and to explain leaving room to imagination flows within the Q&A cards.

    • Nhia Chang
    • October 11, 2017

    The linking Q&A is a fun and interesting game for all appropriate levels. This is a game that involves speaking, reading and listening. It’s a game that gets one to answer and the other person to respond to the answer. It’s fun and engaging because it involves the whole class. Its suit any learner styles, its flexible. I like it how this game is design and how you can choose to write the question yourself to any topics and lesson it’s a game that will help gain thinking skill, alertness, focus and confident.
    The task is easy to follow and cover the grammar point which students need to comprehend.

    • laura evelyn macreadie
    • October 21, 2017

    This activity could prove quite useful as a fun way to finish up the lesson, the card method can be changed to a fill in the blanks activity which is engaging and practical with any type of level as it suits different styles of learning. This activity will keep the class alert to each question as it is being asked and encourage full class cooperation.

    • Ryan
    • October 25, 2017

    I like how this game integrates speaking, listening and reading. It involves the whole class and everyone really needs to focus to make sure the game runs smoothly. The Q&A’s can be adapted to all levels and topics, which makes it very versatile. Can’t wait to try it!

  5. This is a well designed game. It incorporates speaking, reading and listening. If you want to incorporate writing, the students could be divided into groups and create their own Q&A’s and then swap with the other group. It is a great way for new learners to hear and visualise the sentence structure.
    The teacher’s notes are easy to follow. The games sounds like a simple but effective way of learning.

    • Anne
    • December 20, 2017

    This sounds like a terrific reading and listening game that keeps the whole class involved. It would also suit most learning styles. The teaching notes are well written and easy to follow. It would be adaptable to almost any topic and most levels. If it is a beginning level l would perhaps incorporate pictures as answers. Maybe even pictures with the questions to prompt the students. Using it as a revision tool would probably work best. As a teacher I would firstly model how to play the game. I would also be watching for those students that may feel shy or embarrassed if they get wrong answers or don’t answer quickly. I look forward to trying it out in classes!

  6. This is a great activity. Suitable and adaptable to many grammar points and levels. It requires full participation, active listening, reading comprehension, and speaking. For all level students, it gives them an opportunity to use their scanning skill as they repeatedly glance at their cards to check if they have the answer. Since the games is not competitive with teams or score taking. I would remind or encourage the students to respectively correct or help each other with the pronunciation for troublesome words. I’ll definitely add this one to my bag of ESL games. Thank you for the thorough teacher notes.

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