Are you looking for inspiration for classroom activities that use listening skills?

Surprised man

Purpose: In this activity students use their listening skills. They may also review vocabulary, grammar or demonstrate reading comprehension, depending on the topic focus.

Prep Time: 5- 10 minutes

Materials: a text, worksheet, or list of sentences

Prep: write in some mistakes in the text to refer to during the activity

woman standing up

Purpose: to use beginning level listening skills to listen for key words

Prep Time: 15-30 minutes

Materials: word cards, and a script, song or video for students to listen to

Man thinking

Purpose: to increase listening comprehension by making inferences and giving evidence to support answers to questions about a text. 

Making inferences is an important transitions skill. For more information about this skill please see the Transitions Integration Framework, page 15.

Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes

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Many thanks to Lori Leininger for sharing this activity idea!

Purpose:  This activity stimulates student learning through movement, social skills and discussion. This activity is fun and takes very little preparation and is a great review activity.

Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Materials: Four large signs that you will create

Purpose:  to review vocabulary and practice asking and answering questions

Prep time:  10-15 minutes

Materials:  sets of index cards, each with a question and answer (see attached handout for examples)

Prep:  You’ll need an even number of people to do this activity.  Each person needs one card, so prepare the cards accordingly.


Purpose:  Students practice asking others for help, as well as responding to requests for help, as they fill in appointment calendars.

Prep time:  5-10 minutes

Materials:  copies of the appointment calendar, white board, marker, pens, pencils

Prep:  Before class, make a copy of the appointment calendar for each student. 


Purpose: To add some fun to multiple choice activities

Preparation time:  5 minutes

Materials:  Index cards; markers; any reading or listening material with multiple choice questions

Purpose: To talk about rules using “can’t” and “have to” and to discuss cultural issues in driving laws

Preparation Time:  None

Materials:  Board and markers; pencils and paper


1. Ask students if they drive. Ask students “What are some of the laws you must follow if you drive in Minnesota/the United States?”

Purpose: listening comprehension of isolated words and vocabulary review

Preparation Time:  5 minutes to list items in a category

Materials:  blackboard or whiteboard with chalk or markers

Preparation: Be sure to link any activity to what went before or what is coming after.  For example, “Yesterday we talked about shopping for food.  Tell me the names of some of the things you buy at the supermarket.”



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