ESL Intermediate Conversation – Week 12

It’s week 12 of the semester and time for my ESL students to learn more English speaking before the quiz, which is coming soon.


LOOK LIKE and LIKE are easy to confuse. They are also useful when you want to express ideas in a conversation.

CHARACTER  What is your best friend like?

  1. She is kind and sociable.
  2. She is like a tiger, strong and aggressive.

APPEARANCE  What does your best friend look like?

  1. He is short and a little chubby.
  2. He looks like a happy person.

PREFERENCES  What does your best friend like?

  1. He likes to go hiking on weekends.
  2. She likes eating cheesecake and cooking pancakes for her family.

PROBABILITY  It looks like it is going to rain later today.

  1. It looks like he is going to be sick.
  2. She looks like she is going to fall down.

Practice 1: Like and Look Like

This is a pair work ESL speaking activity. Ask your partner the questions. S/he must answer with the correct form of like or look like. Be sure to ask at least 2 follow up questions. Click here if you want to print all of the questions on paper.


Ask your partner these questions. Use a sentence block: ask at least two follow up questions.

  1. What do you like eating for breakfast?
  2. What is your home town like?
  3. What does your brother or sister look like?
  4. What is the climate in Korea like?
  5. Does your family like fast food?
  6. What is your best friend like?
  7. What does your house look like?
  8. Would you like to live in Australia?
  9. What is President Park like?
  10. Who do you look like?


Ask your partner these questions. Use a sentence block: ask at least two follow up questions.

  1. Did you like going to elementary school?
  2. What are you like in the early morning?
  3. Is there someone in the class who looks like a famous person?
  4. Did you like vegetables when you were young?
  5. What is television like in Korea?
  6. What does the center of your town look like?
  7. What don’t you like about Chuseok?
  8. What were you like as a child?
  9. In your family, who looks like you the most?
  10. Do you like fish or meat more?

Practice 2: Like and Look Like

Look at the pictures (click here to look at the pictures). Talk with your partner and ask a few questions.

  1. Describe what you see.
  2. What do the people look like?
  3. What are the people like, do you think?
  4. Do you like this picture?
  5. Why might this picture be famous or interesting?

Practice 3: Looks Like

Look at the picture. Use LOOKS LIKE to describe the things that might happen. For example:

  • It looks like he might fall down.
  • She looks like she might have an accident.

Quiz Number 2 Review

  1. vocabulary list from the class pair work exercise
  2. items from the exercise 16 habits of the mind
  3. questions with too much and too many
  4. questions and vocabulary similar to the ones on this worksheet
  5. the two short stories in your text book (pages 59 and 61)
  6. pages 53 and 54 from the textbook.


ESL Intermediate Conversation – Week 11

Last week was a short week for the ESL students because of two national holidays.

This week, we will be building English fluency skills with

  1. reading and summarizing exercises
  2. a new vocabulary game
  3. a logical thinking puzzle worksheet
  4. facts about reading


The Importance of Reading

Click to read a few facts about reading.




ESL Intermediate Conversation – Week 9

Last week the ESL students practiced their English conversations skills during the mid term exam. Now its back to the English classroom to learn vocabulary, phrases, grammar and conversation skills.


Here are some of the things we will learn and study in the conversation class.

  1. A simple grammar exercise, this ESL conversation worksheet helps students review questions and answers with TOO MUCH and TOO MANY.
  2. This reading and thinking worksheet has a few logic puzzles. Solve the problems and explain how you got the answer.
  3. This worksheet has a few public signs. Students read the signs, learn the vocabulary and explain the meaning of the signs.

ESL Intermediate Conversation – Week 7

This is review week for the ESL conversations students.  So let’s review the exam questions so the students can learn the English words, phrases and answers.

ESL Conversation Question 1

From the book, page 8 4b. Read the revised paragraph. Pay attention to the final S sound.

ESL Conversation Question 2

Say three words for each box. You’ll get one or two of these boxes during the exam.

Nouns Verbs Adjectives
1 syllable
2 syllables
3 syllables

ESL Conversation Question 3

Adverbs of Frequency. Answer a question and speak for … at least …. 30 seconds.

How often do you …. ? Do you ever … ? Are you ever … ?
  • drink black tea
  • iron your clothes
  • come to school
  • get up late
  • get together with friends
  • go to a public bath 
  • a temple
  • an English newspaper
  • public transport
  • an amusement park
  • hotteok
  • go to the gym
  • bored at school
  • confused in English class
  • excited about the future
  • interested in your major
  • satisfied with your home
  • exhausted by Friday

ESL Conversation Question 4

Make a quick word list for each question.

  • Eight kinds of food in a buffet restaurant
  • Seven kinds of fruit
  • Six side dishes in a Korean meal
  • Five things made from corn
  • Four kinds of tea
  • Three kinds of food in a carton

ESL Conversation Question 5

Answer the question and talk for 90 seconds.

  1. What was the happiest moment of your life?
  2. Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
  3. What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
  4. How has your life been different from what you imagined?
  5. How would you spend an ideal day?
  6. What was your Favorited subject in high school?
  7. You have one wish. What would you wish for? Why?
  8. What’s your favorite movie of all time and why?
  9. If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
  10. What’s the most expensive gift you’ve ever received from someone?

ESL Conversation Question 6

Define and explain a few words from the vocabulary list.