Modal Verbs Speaking Activity Prove it!

Functional language: Get to know someone
Grammar: Modal Verbs
Skill: Speaking
Topic: General
Type: Prove it!

Use this A2 modal verbs speaking activity to engage your students in a fun and competitive game of “Tell me without telling me…”

If you’re following along with the latest activities, you’ll see 3 other activities being published at the same time with a similar concept. Why are you seeing three nearly identical looking activities? Well, yours truly has taken on a new group of students at the A2 level and desperately needs a good way to practice a few basic bits of grammar (quantifiers, indefinite pronouns, modal verbs and adverbs of degrees) while getting the group to meld together and feel more comfortable. That meant I needed a good speaking activity… So, I adapted one of my favorite ESL ExpertZ activities to fit my specific needs and I think they can help everyone else at the same time, too! Enjoy this A2 modal verbs speaking activity with your students today!

“Tell me without telling me…”

If you know anything about our PROVE IT! activities, then you can skip the instructions and get to playing. For those who are new, you can probably figure it out, but just in case…

  1. Students play individually or in teams. Display the game board and fill out the scoring sheet at the bottom with names.
  2. Choose one of the cards in the middle with a fact your students will have to prove.
  3. In turns, students must prove this fact while also using one of the time expressions around the edge.
  4. A logical and grammatically correct response earns a point.
  5. Each time an expression is used, check the box – it cannot be used again this round.
  6. Stay on the same card until all the boxes have been checked or your students cannot come up with any more sentences.
  7. Uncheck all the boxes and move onto the next card.
  8. Play as few or as many cards as you’d like or have time for.
  9. The student or team with the most points at the end wins.

For example

Prove that you know how to use public transport.

Student A: You can buy a ticket on your phone or at the kiosk.

Student B: You must stay to the right of the escalator when leaving the metro if you are standing!

Student C: etc.

A few notes for this particular activity. I struggled on deciding whether or not to include the mandatory “to” next to the verbs that need them (need, have, used, etc.) but opted not to add them to the poster. I think it’s important for students to remember which verbs need the “to” and which do not!

Something similar?

Indefinite Pronouns Speaking Activity Prove it!


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Ian Kime

Ian Kime

I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.

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