Monday, 05 December 2016

Asking For and Giving Advice - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Advice Game

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This is a great game for practicing giving advice. The activity enables students to practice various phrases for giving advice in different situations. The class is divided into teams of three. A problem is written on the board, e.g. I just had a car accident. Teams get five minutes to write down as many pieces of advice as they can think of using a certain phrase, e.g. You should, etc. After five minutes, the teams swap papers and read out their sentences. Teams receive one point for each appropriate piece of advice about the situation. Further rounds are played using a different phrase for giving advice and a new situation each time. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

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Advice for Aches and Pains 

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students practice giving advice for various health problems. Students begin by playing a pelmanism card game where they match pictures to health problems. Students take it in turns to turn over one picture card and one phrase card. If the cards match, the student keeps the cards and has another turn. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game is the winner. Next, the teacher writes some structures for giving advice onto the board. The students put their picture cards into a pile. They then take it in turns to turn over a picture card and make a statement, e.g. I've got a cold. The other student then gives advice to their partner. When everyone has finished, pairs of students model their dialogues to the rest of the class.

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Advice Dominoes

ESL EFL Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this engaging activity, students play a game of dominoes to review the language for giving advice. Each group of three is given a set of dominoes, which they place face down in a pile on the desk. They turn over the top domino and place it face up. Students then take turns to pick up one domino from the top of the pile. If they can, they place their domino at either end of the first domino to make an appropriate sentence for giving advice. If they can’t, they keep the domino in their hand. Students continue to take turns to link the dominoes, either using the one in their hand or taking a new one from the pile. When all of the dominoes have been taken from the pile, students take turns to try to put a domino down from their hand. The first student to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.

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Advice for the Modern World

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this compelling teaching activity, students practice giving advice about etiquette for modern-day situations. This activity teaches students how to give advice using four structures: should, had better, if I were you, and ought to. After learning four structures for giving advice and the concept of etiquette, the students are divided into pairs. The students work together to write four pieces of advice about etiquette for each topic on their worksheet. The topics cover modern-day situations such as using a mobile phone, using social networks, etc. When they have finished, each pair works with another pair. One pair chooses a topic at random and reads one of their pieces of advice to the other pair. The other pair then guesses which topic the advice is for. If the pair guesses correctly, they score four points. If they don’t, the other pair reads a second piece of advice and they guess again for three points and so on. When they have guessed correctly or all four sentences have been read, the pairs swap roles. This process continues until both pairs have given advice for all the topics on their worksheet. When they have finished, the pairs play a second round, but this time they take it in turns to read out the four pieces of advice for each topic. If a pair has a piece of advice that is different from the other pair, they win a point. The pair with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Advice Needed

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this enjoyable group activity, students practice giving advice to each other. The class is divided into groups of four and each group is given a set of cards. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and read out the situation to the group. Then the student asks the question on the card. The other group members then each give a different piece of advice using the target language (I (don’t) think you should... / You should(n't)...). The student gives the card to whoever he/she thinks has given the best advice. Then the next student picks up a card and the process is repeated. The person with the most cards at the end of the game wins. Finally, the class gives feedback on the best advice for each situation.

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Agony Aunt

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

This writing activity helps students practice giving advice using a variety of structures. After reviewing how to give advice, each student is given an agony aunt card. There are four agony aunt cards in total. Each card contains a different problem. Working alone, the students take on the role of an agony aunt and give advice about the problem on their card. They do this by writing a reply to the person on their card using a variety of advice structures. When the students have finished, the teacher collects in all the cards. The class is then divided into four groups and the cards are redistributed, so each group receives replies about one of the problems. Each group works together and reads all the advice given for their particular problem. The group chooses the best ideas and decides how best to express them. The group then writes a final response using a blank card. The groups then take it in turns to read their problems and solutions to the class. After each group has spoken, the other students give feedback and say whether they agree or disagree with the advice.

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Asking For and Giving Advice

ESL EFL Lesson - Pre-intermediate - 1 Hour +

Here is an engaging lesson that helps students learn how to ask for and give advice on everyday topics. Students begin by looking at various phrases people use for asking for and giving advice. Then, they brainstorm a list of ten advice topics that they use in their daily life, e.g. low GPA, being late to class, etc. Students then use the phrases to ask for and give advice on the ten topics. After that, the students role-play their sentences with a partner. Finally, the students pretend they run an advice column. They read e-mails and then write replies trying to give the best advice they can.

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Careers Advice

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this entertaining activity, students give careers advice for different jobs. The class is divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of job cards. The students complete the cards with advice on how to prepare for each job using phrases like: You should..., You could..., etc. When they have finished, each group reads out the advice on the cards, without saying what the job is. The other groups try to guess which job they are talking about each time.

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Guess the Problem

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this compelling pairwork activity, students practice giving advice for various everyday problems. The first student chooses a problem from a list and gives one piece of advice for that problem. Their partner tries to guess which of the problems they are talking about. If the student is wrong, the first student gives more advice. After the second student has guessed correctly, the two students discuss whether the advice was good or not. Then, they swap roles. They continue giving advice and guessing problems until the list is completed. The list covers 24 everyday problems and the students are given lots of different phrases to give advice. This means they can vary the way they give advice each time.

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I've got a Problem

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This speaking activity teaches students how to give advice using modal verbs. The class is divided into two groups: Problem People and Advice Givers. The problem people think of a minor problem they have and are willing to talk about. The advice givers are given different expressions to use for giving advice. Each problem person pairs off with an advice giver. The problem person explains their problem and the other student gives a piece of advice using a modal verb. The students repeat this process five times with different partners. After the activity has finished, the problem people report back to the class on the best and worst advice they were offered.

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Jon's Story

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity- Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This intriguing activity helps to generate discussion using the modal verbs 'should' and 'could' for giving advice. Each student is handed a copy of the worksheet. The worksheet contains a short love story. The students read the love story and then give advice to the characters. The advice refers to what each person in the story should or could do. The students give advice using the modal verbs 'should', 'shouldn't' and 'could'. After that, the class has a discussion based upon the situation in the story and the advice the students gave.

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Problems and Advice

ESL EFL Writing and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students learn how to give advice to people using various structures. This activity also teaches students how to state that they have a problem. The students are divided into pairs and given a worksheet. The students begin by completing sentences about problems on their worksheet. When the students have finished, they make a group of four by joining with another pair of students. The pairs of students exchange worksheets and read the problems on their new worksheet. They then write a relevant piece of advice for each problem. When the students have done that, the groups cut up their worksheets into cards. The four students then play a card game matching problems to pieces of advice.

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The Best Advice

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this impressive class activity, students practice explaining problems and giving advice. The teacher begins the activity by going through different structures for giving advice with the class. Each student is then given a situation card and advice card. In pairs, the students have two minutes to explain their problems, give and receive advice, and write the advice on their advice card. When the two minutes are up, students pair up with a new partner and repeat the process until they have spoken to eight people. When they have finished, the students choose the best piece of advice and comment on the reason why they think it's the best. Finally, students tell the class about their problem and the advice they received.

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Travel Advice

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students write travel advice for visitors to a country, city or region they know well. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by thinking of a place they are familiar with. They write the name of the place at the top of their worksheet. Students then complete 12 pieces of travel advice for visitors to that country, city or region. When everyone has finished, students work in small groups. They take it in turns to read their travel advice to the group. The other students in the group listen and guess which country, city or region they are giving advice for.

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What should I do?

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this entertaining group activity, students practice giving advice to their classmates. The students are divided into small groups and given a set of problem cards. Students take it in turns to turn over a card and explain the problem on the card to the group. The other students listen to the problem and then give advice in turn. Each student in the group has to give a different piece of advice. The student gives the card to the person who gives the best piece of advice. The student who collects the most cards is the winner. When everyone has finished, students report back to the class on the best or worst piece of advice they received for each problem.

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Comments  

#6 Cristian 2016-07-31 05:04
Great activities. Thank you so much!
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#5 Ang 2016-04-12 13:56
Thanks very much for these activities. This site has really helped me get through my first year of teaching. And the students love the games!
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#4 Admin 2015-11-26 15:11
Thank you too Pinar. Your nice comment is appreciated.
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#3 Pinar 2015-10-26 20:05
This is one of my favourite source of new ideas and games. Millions of thanks for sharing this valuable information. You are saving our lives:)
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#2 Admin 2015-03-25 16:19
Thanks for your kind words Andreea. We try to provide as much information as we can to help teachers in their searches.
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#1 Andreea 2015-03-25 09:45
Fantastic resources, very accessible and engaging. I particularly like the indication of levels and time allocated for the activities. These serve as a good guide but resources can also be easily adapted.
Many thanks for sharing this, it is much appreciated and very useful for EAL pupils.
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