ESL Conjunctions Exercises

Instructor: Elizabeth Hemmons

Beth has taught early childhood education, including students with special needs, for the past 11 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.

Conjunctions are an important part of language and are used frequently. In this lesson, we will explore some fun and simple exercises to teach conjunctions to ESL students.

Teaching Conjunctions to ESL Students

In the English language, conjunctions are used in almost every conversation and interaction. Conjunctions are connector words that join two parts of a sentence together. Using conjunctions gives language smoother flow and also helps you give more information using fewer words. Beginning ESL students should start by learning the simpler conjunctions, such as:

  • and
  • but
  • or
  • so

More advanced ESL students can work on more difficult conjunctions, such as:

  • although
  • because
  • before
  • after
  • as
  • unless

Find the Missing Conjunction

Choosing the proper conjunction to use within a sentence can be tricky for ESL students, since sometimes more than one conjunction can be used. For this activity, the teacher will pass out a different conjunction to each student and read to them a sentence that is missing the conjunction. The student who has the missing conjunction that fits in the blank can provide it to the teacher and read the sentence to make sure it makes sense. Sometimes, more than one can be used and the sentence would still be correct, so multiple students may have usable conjunctions in hand.

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