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Talking About Your Hobbies

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Talking About Your Hobbies


By the end of the activity pupils will be able to:

·     talk about their hobbies

·     talk about their friends hobbies using the 3rd person

·     formulate a simple wh-question

Target Language:

I like…he/she likes; vocabulary related to hobbies; simple questions – what do you like? what does he/she like?

Time needed for preparation:

10 minutes

Time needed in class:

30 minutes


Year 1
Year 2

Language Focus:


Activity Use:


Pupil Task:

Group Work

Which learning institute:



blackboard, 2 x stickers for each student; 1 x worksheet per group

Procedure before class:

1.       Copy one sheet per group of students and prepares 2 stickers per student.   

Procedure in class:

1.       Teacher draws a copy of the chart on the board.
2.       Teacher models the sentence: I like…”hobby”. e.g. “I like reading and gardening.” and draws a picture in the reading/gardening columns.   
3.       Teacher asks some students what their hobbies are and encourages students to answer with I like… e.g. I like playing football.
4.       T repeats the student’s hobby e.g. “John, likes football.  He likes playing football.” 
5.       T records student answers on the grid on the board. The grid will be an example for students.
6.       Ask students to read some of their friends’ choices from the chart.  “What does Mary like?” “She likes singing.”
7.       Tell students they are now going to do the activity in groups.   
8.       T divides the students into groups of 5. 
9.       T hands out a worksheet and 2 stickers per student. Alternatively, the students can just draw on the chart.
10.    T asks students to write their names in the slots. 
11.    Students take turns to stick 1 sticker down on their favorite activity saying the sentence: “I like playing with my doll”.
12.    Give students 5 minutes to practice saying what their friends like by reading the chart.  “He likes….” Or “Dayang likes…”
13.    As groups finish, ask one or two groups to come to the front to present their chart.  Teacher asks the questions e.g. John, what do you like?  or John, what does Dayang like? Teacher guides student answers making sure they answer correctly.
14.    Teacher guides students to ask the question.
15.    Pair up 2 groups. The 2 groups can now move around for 5 minutes looking at the other group’s work and asking each other what they like. 
16.    Teacher asks students to sit down and asks one student what their hobby is.  That student then asks another student about their friend’s hobby “tagging” that student to ask another student.   


Follow Up:

Ask students to copy the chart into their book or use an I-think map (bubble map) to record the information on the chart.

Students can also come up with alternative hobbies by drawing their own pictures into a blank grid. 

This activity can be done using the negative form e.g. “He doesn’t like… or “She doesn’t like…”


Display the charts at the back of the classroom. 


Let students put down one sticker at a time and not both at the same time.  This keeps them engaged in the task and encourages listening.

Keep modelling good language throughout and highlight that He likes… is an alternative to John likes….