Find someone who... likes and dislikes. An ESL speaking activity
I use this exercise near the beginning of a high beginner class. It serves as a "get to know you" activity, practices talking about likes and dislikes (enjoy +"ing", like +infinitive, like +noun). Before the activity I make a cline with "hate on the bottom, "love" on the top, and "really don't like/dislike", "don't like/dislike", "don't mind", "like/enjoy", "really like/enjoy" in between. Then I give students a chance to plan the questions, including the follow-up questions (a one or two word clue is given after each initial question for a follow up question) before beginning the activity. During the activity I usually circulate, participate a little bit (to encourage students), and listen a lot. I write down the mistakes I hear (especially regarding question formation) so that I can put them on the board and go over them with the entire class after the activity. Please note that if you're not in Korea you may want to change most of these questions or find a different ESL speaking activity.
Use follow up questions!
1. ________________ enjoys cooking. What...?
Do you enjoy cooking? What do you like to cook?
2. ________________ doesn't enjoy cooking. How often...?
Do you enjoy cooking? How often do you cook?
3. ________________ likes to listen to music. What kind...?
Do you like to listen to music? What kind of music do you like?
4. ________________ doesn't mind studying English. Why...?
5. ________________ doesn't like studying English. Why...?
6. ________________ likes pizza. How often...?
7. ________________ hates pizza. Why...?
8. ________________ loves animals. Why...?
9. ________________ really likes to watch TV. What...?
10. _______________ really dislikes watching TV. How often...?
11. _______________ is thinking about a TV show right now. Which...?
12. _______________ likes his or her job. Why...?
13. _______________ doesn't like to exercise. Why...?