A Ready-to-Print Booklet — Pairwork Activities

If you are like thousands of other ESL/EFL/ELT teachers around the world, you may have a manual, but chances are you are left on your own to find effective teaching materials suited to your students. The Internet is full of great resources, but where do you turn first? And how can you manage to appear well prepared in front of your students, when you have so many students and so little time?

Back to the Basics Volume 1: Pairwork Activities

At QualityTime-ESL, we have prepared a set of files entitled "Back to the Basics Volume 1: Pair Work Activities”. They are not for real beginners but rather for learners who have studied English for at least two years at school but still have problems speaking English. They will help students to improve and above all enable them to "master the basics"—and void making inexcusable mistakes. In other words, these exercises are well adapted to all students from all levels A2 to C1.

Eighteen different activities

There are eighteen different activities you can have your students do in class (or as assignments). Moreover, you can photocopy these documents recto-verso and bind them together thus producing a neat 25-page booklet filled with pairwork exercises that always give excellent results! The activities have been tested for years.

Photocopying costs relatively little when in black and white. So the price of a set of pamphlets with a cover in a colored sheet (preferably made out of stronger paper) will be a minimum for each class. Classes can also share these pamphlets. They need not have one each. They can write in separate notebooks. These exercises represent many hours of lively, enjoyable oral work for your students. They will be speaking English all the time—provided you use the intensive pairwork techniques suggested on page 2 in the booklet.


The keys are provided for all the exercises that require them and so is extra advice on how to use each exercise or activity. Keys can be printed up to make up an additional “Key Booklet.” Or you can bring copies of the keys to class, as you need them. You will only be “lending them out” to the students so you will need a number representing only half the number of students in your most numerous class. If you place the keys in plastic sleeves, they will last much longer.

Customizing your booklets

Most of the files are in MS Word, so if you want to add notes or translations into your students’ native language or your name, you can do so without difficulty. You can change the layout or the font, but please keep the indication “QualityTime-ESL” as often as possible to encourage students to come to our website where they will find free oral drills that are very effective cf. "QualityTime-ESL Podcasts" and. “Your English”.

The exercises in this first volume can easily be combined with others you have planned. They can be extra “speaking” exercises or can form the basis of your study plan. You can use them during a certain number of weeks or spread them out over the entire year.

Description of the Booklet

  • Cover (to be personalized)
  • Table of contents
  • Pair Work Correcting Instructions
  • Basic Numbers - Student Page & Basic Numbers - Teacher Page
  • Spell to Partner “A” & Spell to Partner “B”
  • Geography Quiz
  • Nationalities
  • Numbers Dictation Chart
  • Make & Do Poems (3) with Worksheets
  • A Chart for Verb Tenses
  • Review of Tenses (Exercises 1-6)
  • Extra Make & Do Quiz
  • Oral Test No. 1
  • Page for Note-Taking (To use with Oral Test No. 1)
  • Assignments
  • Annex: A Short Guide to Verb Tenses in English
  • Back cover: Language for Pair Work Correcting

A few sample Pages from the Booklet


PDF - 42 kb
0A Cover


PDF - 86 kb
1 Contents

Number exercise:

Here you can see the page with the exercise. In the downloadable zip, there is also a key (with all the numbers written out in full) intended for the partner, who is playing the role of "teacher."

PDF - 46.4 kb
3 Numbers-Student

Spelling exercise:

Each student has a page like this one and spells the lines to his or her partner. In the download, the document is in Word so you can type in the exact lines YOU want your students to spell in class.

PDF - 87.6 kb
5 Spell to Partner "A"

Final word

Students will appreciate having their personalized booklet with their names on it and yours too. And the booklet will save you a lot of time!

To purchase the pack of three ready-to-print pamphlets, go directly to Back to the Basic Series

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