Modal Worksheets


Modals are one of the building blocks of English. Our worksheets will help your students with functions such as requesting, refusing, giving permission and more.

 


 

Title
Where on earth is John?
Target Structure
Expressing Certainty: Must, Can't, Might
Level
Pre-Intermediate +
Time
45 minutes
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Description
Get your students speculating with this conversation-based worksheet.

By the end of this lesson, your students will be able to use must / can't / might to express certainty.

e.g. He must be stuck in traffic. / He can't have forgotten etc.

It's a really important use of these modal verbs - and it takes students time to learn to use them fluently.

This worksheet has a conversation based around some friends waiting for someone in a restaurant.

There are lots of follow-up exercises to help your students with the target language. The worksheet rounds off with a role-play.

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Title
Schooldays
Target Structure
Prohibition and Obligation
Level
Lower Intermediate+
Time
45 minutes
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Description
This worksheets looks at some common language used when talking about rules. The language studied includes:

* have to
* have got to
* (not) be allowed to
* be supposed to

The theme is schooldays, with three people giving their stories. There's a short reading, with practice exercises and lots of opportunities for your students to tell each other their memories!

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Title
The Exam
Target Structure
Should Have / Would Have
Level
Intermediate
Time
60 minutes
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Description
This is a great worksheet for talking about regrets, and giving advice. The structures are: "You shouldn't have" and "I wouldn't have".

There's a conversation, practice exercises and a card-based speaking activity. It's great for intermediate-level students.

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Title
What might have happened?
Target Structure
Modals (could have, might have etc.)
Level
Intermediate
Time
45-60 minutes
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This two-page worksheet takes crime as the theme of the lesson.

There's been a murder. What might have happened? There is a warm-up, a conversation, a grammar quiz, and speaking exercises.

This worksheet is great for improving your students' speculation skills. They will quickly become comfortable with 'He must have', 'can't have' and other such phrases.

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Title
The New Job
Target Structure
Have to / Don't have to
Level
Elementary / Pre-Intermediate
Time
40 minutes
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Description
This business-English worksheet is a great way to teach 'have to' and 'don't have to'. In addition, there are lots of common business expressions and vocabulary for your students.

There's a conversation, practice activities and plenty of speaking activities. It's great for lower-level students.

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