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Google Slides or Padlet Introductions Using Gerunds and Infinitives


Tech Product/Equipment:
Computer and projector, Mobile devices for students

Activity Description

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Use this introduction activity to create community in class. Students will learn and apply grammar (gerunds and infinitives) by introducing themselves through sentences and images posted on a Padlet wall or on a shared Google Slideshow.


  1. Check the website to ensure it is not blocked at your site.
  2. Read through the lesson plan.
  3. Print and make copies of any handouts.

Teacher Tips

Create your Padlet wall or shared Google Slideshow ahead of time. Make sure that for whichever tool you use, the settings are "can write" (for Padlet) or "can edit" for Google Slides.

Program Areas

  • ESL: English as a Second Language


  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Lesson Plan


Tell students that they are going to create a brief presentation to introduce themselves to the class.


Show your own introduction on Padlet or Google Slides (whichever tool you select for this class assignment).

Engagement Enhancement

Teach gerunds and infinitives by having students listen to and take notes. Use the PowerPoint slideshow and note-taking form included with this lesson or create your own.


Have students write sentences about themselves, modeling how some verbs require a gerund after them, while others require an infinitive, and how some verbs can take either a gerund or infinitive.

  1. What is something you always forget to do?
  2. What is an activity you enjoy?
  3. What is a bad habit you have quit?
  4. What is an activity you detest?
  5. What do you feel like doing this weekend?  
  6. What is an activity you practice often?
  7. What is something you hope to do in the future?
  8. What do you know how to do well?
  9. What is something you are learning or want to learn?
  10. What is an activity from your youth that you remember fondly? 

Note: This activity is also on the note-taking form that is part of the presentation stage of this lesson.

Then have students interview one or more classmates by asking the questions and answering in complete sentences.

Engagement Enhancement

Review gerunds and infinitives, as needed, with the review PowerPoint slides.

Optionally, have students practice online with any of the following:

Practice gerunds and infinitives.

Do any three of the exercises below.  Do more if you need more practice.

(From English Page)

Basic Gerunds and Infinitives

Exercises 1 - 10 are based on Part 1 of the Gerunds and Infinitives Tutorial (Links to an external site.).

Intermediate Gerunds and Infinitives

Exercises 11 - 20 are based on Part 2 of the Gerunds and Infinitives Tutorial.

Advanced Gerunds and Infinitives

Exercises 21-30 are based on Part 3 of the Gerunds and Infinitives Tutorial.

Engagement Enhancement

Have students orally and spontaneously practice the answers to the questions they wrote in the first practice activity with the Speaking Prompts PowerPoint slides. Call on individual students to provide their answers or ask for volunteers. Give feedback as needed.



Have students prepare their presentations. Collect their writing, provide feedback, and have them make corrections. 

Instructions for students:

  1. First, prepare your answers to some questions using gerunds or infinitives, as required by the verb. Here are the questions (choose any 4 - 5 to answer in complete sentences):

  • What do you like doing?
  • What do you dislike doing?
  • What are you happy or enthusiastic about (gerund)?
  • What are you worried about (gerund)?
  • What are you proud of (gerund)?
  • What is something you know how to do well (infinitive)?
  • What is something you believe in (gerund)?
  • What is something you always forget to do (infinitive)?
  • What is something you would like to do in the future (infinitive)? If you were famous, what would you be famous for (gerund)?                                                                                   

  2. Find the slide with your name and enter your sentences and insert images.

  • Type in your answers.  After you have finished, ask someone (a family member, friend, classmate, teacher, or instructional aide) to check your spelling and grammar.  
  • Also, add your picture, other images, links, or videos. Note: To add images (Insert - Image) - you will need to sign in (top right) with a Google account.  If you don’t have one, you can make one with any email account. Ask the aide for help.
  • Please don't delete others' slides.
  • Practice your sentences.  
  • Make your presentation!

Then have students post their answers to these questions on the Padlet wall or shared Google Slideshow you have set up. Model how to enter text and insert images. 

You may make a copy of this Google Slides template. (Select "Make a copy." Then delete the instructor sample and add your own).

Sample class introductions on Padlet.

  1. Have students introduce themselves to the class by projecting the Padlet wall or Google Slides. 
  2. As desired, use a checklist or rubric to give students feedback on their writing and speaking.
  3. Review common errors and reteach, as needed.

Students will be able to use a new technology tool for class projects or presentations and will have more confidence in writing and speaking about themselves.



  • Writing
    • CCR Anchor 4 - Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
    • CCR Anchor 5 - Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
    • CCR Anchor 6 - Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
  • Speaking and Listening
    • CCR Anchor 1 - Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
    • CCR Anchor 5 - Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
    • CCR Anchor 6 - Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
  • Language
    • CCR Anchor 1 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • CCR Anchor 2 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


Grammar, Listening, Speaking, Writing, infinitives, introductions, gerunds, community


English Page, Google Slides, Padlet
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