Monday, 05 December 2016

Making Suggestions - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Lessons

Suggestions Race

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students practice making suggestions. The class is divided into pairs. One of the students from each pair comes to the front of the class and gets suggestion strip number one from the teacher. Students look at the sentence with their partner and write the words out in the correct order to make a suggestion, adding in capitalization and punctuation. When a pair thinks they have the correct word order, they bring their sentence back to the teacher. If it's correct, they take strip number two. If not, they must go back and correct any mistakes before continuing. This carries on until one pair of students has successfully completed suggestion strip number ten. They are the winners.

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Turn Around

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this engaging activity, students suggest free time activities to do. Students also practice accepting, refusing and making excuses. Each student is given a free time activity picture card. Students hold their cards so that the picture is facing them. They go round the class, making and accepting suggestions with as many different partners as possible, using their cards as prompts. After that, they exchange cards and go round the class again, but this time they turn their cards around so the picture is facing their partner. Students use their partners’ cards to make a different suggestion each time they change partner. Students then repeat this process with refusing a suggestion and giving an excuse. They write an excuse on the blank side of the card. Each student holds their card facing them to practice their own excuse. Then, they exchange cards and turn their card around so the excuse is facing their partner. This time they practice refusing suggestions, giving a different excuse each time.

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What do you suggest?

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

Here is a supplementary worksheet to help students practice making suggestions. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by looking at the grammar rules associated with Let's..., Why don't you/we..., How about... and What about... Then students read each statement on their worksheet, look at the picture, and complete the suggestion.

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A Day Out

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this authentic role-play activity, students practice making suggestions, raising objections, suggesting alternatives and accepting suggestions. Each student is handed a copy of the worksheet. Students are presented with three expressions for each language point. Students choose the correct word to complete each phrase. Then, students work with a partner. The students create a conversation about deciding where to go on a day out. The students make sentences by following a set of prompts on their worksheet and by incorporating the phrases from the first exercise into their role-play. When they have finished, the students present their conversations to the class.

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Come with me

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this entertaining class activity, students practice inviting, accepting and declining invitations as well as making suggestions. Each student is given a card. The shaded part of the card is a ticket and the lower part is the student's diary. Each ticket admits four people. The aim of the activity is to invite three other students to the event on the ticket and also to fill up the diary by accepting other invitations. Students walk round the class and invite other people to go with them to the event on their ticket. When someone accepts a student’s invitation, they write the invitation in their diary according to the day and time of the event. The student, who is inviting, writes the other student’s name on the back of his/her ticket. After an invitation has been accepted, students suggest a time and place to meet. Students only accept an invitation if they really want to go and are free. If not, they decline the invitation and give an excuse.

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Dad’s Birthday

ESL EFL Lesson - Pre-intermediate - 50 Minutes

Here is an enjoyable lesson for pre-intermediate students. In the lesson, students practice making suggestions for a birthday present. Students also learn how to reject and accept suggestions. Students begin the lesson by naming pictures of presents. Then, students answer some questions that get them to share their ideas and opinions about the presents. After that, they complete a dialogue about two people who are making suggestions for their father's birthday present. The students identify the phrases for making, rejecting and agreeing to suggestions from the dialogue. Then, in pairs, the students answer some comprehension questions. Finally, the students work together to create a conversation about buying a friend a birthday present. The students then act out their dialogues to the class.

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Holiday Decisions

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

In this productive teaching activity, students make suggestions and decide on places to visit, places to stay, and things to see and do on holiday. The class is divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The worksheet contains eight different types of holiday, e.g. a beach holiday, an exotic holiday, etc. Students discuss each holiday type in turn. The students then make suggestions and decide on a place to visit, a place to stay, and things to see and do for each holiday. When everyone has finished, pairs of students join together with another pair to make a group of four. They then take turns explaining their holiday choices to each other.

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Making Suggestions

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

Here is a comprehensive activity that gives students practice at solving problems by making, accepting and rejecting suggestions. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by identifying phrases for making, accepting and rejecting suggestions from a set of sentences on their worksheet. After that, the students practice using the phrases for accepting and rejecting in pairs. Then, students change partner and practice making their own suggestions and giving reasons when refusing suggestions. Finally, the class is divided into small groups. Students take it in turns to read problems and then as a group they make suggestions and decide on the best solution for each problem. When all of the groups have finished, each group tells the class what they decided and why.

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Suggestions & Solutions

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

In this productive teaching activity, students give suggestions for a set of problems and then work together to agree on a solution for each one. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The worksheet contains a set of 15 problems. Working alone, the students come up with one or two suggestions to deal with each problem. The students write their suggestions in the second column of the worksheet. When they have finished writing, the students are divided into groups of three or four. Students discuss each problem in turn and give their suggestions. They then try to agree on one solution for each problem. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session. Each group shares their solutions with the class. The class then decides on the best solution for each problem.

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What shall we do?

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

Here is an imaginative activity to help students practice making suggestions. In the activity, students complete two dialogues with phrases for making suggestions. The students then role-play various situations where they suggest things to do at the weekend. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. Working together, the students complete two conversations using words and phrases for making suggestions from the box at the top of their worksheet. When they have finished, the answers are checked with the class. The pairs then practice and try to memorize the two dialogues. After a few minutes, the students turn over their worksheets and see if they can remember the conversations. The students then role-play making suggestions for things to do at the weekend. Each pair is given a set of cards which they place face down in a pile on the desk. The pairs then take it in turns to turn over a card and start a conversation where they make suggestions about the topic on the card. The students accept and reject each other’s suggestions and try to come up with a plan for things to do based on the topic. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session where students discuss what plan they came up with for each topic.

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The Secret of Success

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this interesting group activity, students suggest the best way to do different things. The class is divided into small groups and each group is given a set of topic cards. The first student turns over the top card and says, "What's the best way to...?" and then he/she reads the topic on the card, e.g. What's the best way to get a job? The other students in the group then make suggestions from a set of expressions that have been written on the board. When the groups have finished the activity, there is a class feedback session to discuss the best suggestions for each topic.

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