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Asking Permission and Making Requests - ESL EFL Teaching Resources

Asking Permission and Making Requests

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary -  1 Hour

In this impressive lesson, students learn how to ask for permission and make requests in different work situations. Students work in pairs to fill in the blanks in two dialogues about asking permission and making requests. Then, the students identify the phrases for asking permission and making requests in each dialogue. This is followed by a gap-fill exercise, looking at the verb forms that are used when asking for permission and making requests. The students then match the phrases with appropriate responses. Finally, students work in pairs and produce a conversation in which they make requests and ask permission. These conversations are then presented to the class.

Asking Permission and Making Requests.PDF 

 

Could you...?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary -  25 Minutes

In this engaging group activity, students practice asking permission and making requests by asking other students to do things or give permission to do things. Students are divided into groups of four and each student is given a card. The students play a game where they ask permission and make requests and try to find the student in their group who has the 'Yes, of course' response to their request. The first student begins by asking one of the other three students the first request at the top of his/her card. If the respondent answers 'Yes, of course', the student crosses off the request. If the respondent answers 'I’m sorry', the student has to wait until the next turn before asking the request again to another student. Then it's the next student's turn and so on. The aim is to be the first to cross off all three requests.

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Missing Words

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary -  20 Minutes

In this pairwork activity, students guess missing words in sentences that make requests and ask for or deny permission. The class is split into pairs and each student is given a worksheet. The sentences with gaps on the worksheet are where the students have to guess the missing words. The sentences without gaps are the ones their partner has to guess. Student A guesses the missing words in the first sentence and Student B tells them if they are right or wrong. After the missing words have been found out, Student B guesses the missing words in the second sentence, and so on. When a student has guessed a sentence correctly, they write the missing words on their worksheet.

Missing Words.PDF

 

Permission and Requests Lesson

ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary -  30 Minutes

This productive lesson is ideal for teaching students how they can ask permission and make requests using the modal verbs can and could. The lesson starts with an introduction on how we use can and could  to ask permission and make requests. After that, there are three writing and speaking activities to help students master the language.

Permission and Requests Lesson.PDF

 

Permission and Requests Mingle

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary -  20 Minutes

In this enjoyable speaking task, students learn how to ask permission and make requests using various structures. Each student is given a card. The students practice asking for and giving / refusing permission, using their cards as prompts. Students then exchange cards and go round the class again using different phrases each time they speak to a new partner. The students continue in this way until they have spoken to as many different partners as possible. This process is then repeated but instead of asking permission, this time they make requests.

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Ask Permission and Make Requests

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

In this supplementary worksheet, students practice making polite requests and asking for permission. Students begin by making indirect questions for ten situations in which they must ask for permission or make requests. Then, students fill in missing letters in five positive replies and put the words in the right order in five negative replies. Finally, students work with a partner. One student asks permission or makes requests using the situations from the worksheet. The other student gives positive and negative replies. Then, they swap roles.

Ask Permission and Make Requests.PDF

 

Could you do me a favour?

ESL EFL Lesson - Pre-intermediate - 1 Hour +

Here is a unit from Interchange that will prove useful for teaching students how to make requests. In the unit, students learn how to make requests using modal verbs, if clauses and gerunds. This unit also looks at indirect requests. Students get plenty of practice at making requests through a mixture of reading, writing, listening and speaking activities.

Could you do me a favour.PDF

Deal with it

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate -  30 Minutes

This engaging pairwork activity can be used to teach students how to make requests and offers. It can also be used to teach the language for complaining and dealing with complaints. The students begin by brainstorming common situations that cause problems and complaints. These situations are written on the board. The class is then divided into pairs and each pair is given a set of phrase cards. The students role-play a problem or complaint from the board. To do this, the students use the expressions on the cards as part of their role-play. Each student takes one of the cards. The students begin the role-play and as quickly and naturally as possible, they use the expression on the card in a complete sentence. When they have done this, and while continuing the role-play, they take another card and repeat this process. The aim is to use as many of the expressions as they can during the role-play. When they have finished, the students choose a new situation, swap roles and repeat the process.

Deal with it.PDF

 

Do me a Favour

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate -  30 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students ask others for help with planned activities. Each student is given a weekly schedule and asked to fill in five of the squares with activities they plan to do and need help with. When they have done that, the students find different classmates who are free to help them with their five planned activities. When a student asks a classmate for his or her help, the student uses one of the polite requests written on the board. If a classmate agrees to help someone, they sign their name in the square under the activity. The students also have to fill in the rest of their schedule with activities that their classmates have asked them to help with. The winner is the student with the most activities on his or her weekly schedule.

Do me a Favour.PDF 

 ESL Asking Permission and Making Requests

Help me out

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this enjoyable ESL activity, students learn how to make requests and ask for favours. Students begin by writing down five activities they plan to do and need help with. The students then go round the class and try to find classmates who are free to help them with their five planned activities. When they ask for help, they use one of the expressions for making requests at the bottom of their worksheet. When a student finds someone who agrees to help them, they ask for the student's signature. Students also fill in the rest of their schedule with activities that their classmates have asked them to help with. The winner is the first student to fill in his or her schedule with activities.

Help me out.PDF 

 

Hotel Problems

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This compelling group activity can be used to teach or revise hotel language and making requests. The students are told to imagine that they are at a hotel reception in a country where they can’t speak the language, and that they have got a problem and have to communicate it to the hotel receptionist by mime. The mime will either be about a problem, asking a question or making a request. Two teams take it in turns to play. A student from the first team picks up a card and mimes the sentence to the other team. The students in the other team call out their ideas until they guess the exact words on the card. As soon as they have done this, the teams swap roles, and so on. One point is awarded for each correct answer. The team with the highest points at the end of the game is the winner.

Hotel Problems.PDF 

 

Party Time

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

Here is a creative activity for teaching suggestions and requests. In the first part of the activity, students work in pairs and plan a class party. Students make suggestions using the phrases on the worksheet and decide on the criteria for the party. After that, the pairs join together to make groups of four. In the second part of the activity, students write the details for their party using the best ideas and suggestions from both pairs. Each student makes requests to the other group members to organize and do things for the party. The details are written on the worksheet. Finally, when everyone has finished, each group tells the class about the party they have planned. The class then decides which party they think would be the best.

Party Time.PDF

 

Picture This

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

In this teaching activity, students draw situations for making requests and asking permission. In pairs, the students try to guess the questions used to ask permission or make requests from their partner's pictures. The questions use the modal verbs can and could. The class is split into two groups (A and B) and each student is given their corresponding worksheet (making requests or asking permission). The students draw a picture for each situation on their worksheet. When everyone has finished drawing their pictures, the students pair up with someone from the other group. The students give their partner the drawings they have made. They then take it in turns to guess the questions used to ask permission or make requests from their partner's pictures. The students receive one point for each correct answer.

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Would you mind...?

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

In this fun speaking task, students practice asking for permission and making requests using the structures: Would you mind if I...? / Would you mind -ing? Students walk round the class asking permission or making requests for certain things. Students can reply positively or negatively to the questions. When a student replies to a question, the other student writes down their answer and name.

Would you mind.PDF

 

Related Teaching Resources: Complaining and Apologizing  /  Shopping 

 
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