Monday, 21 May 2018

Functional Language - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

On this page, you will find all our ESL teaching activities, games and worksheets related to functional language. Functional language is language that we use to perform various functions, such as making requests, giving advice, complaining, agreeing, asking permission, etc. 

Learning functional language gives students of English the skills to communicate effectively in various everyday situations. Functional language contains a lot of fixed expressions. Because there are so many expressions for each function, it is best to teach these structures in manageable chunks. Try to limit the number of structures you introduce in each lesson to help your students remember the specific phrases. Functional language can also be taught early in a student’s English language development. There are some basic structures that when introduced enable students to make themselves understood even if their level of English is quite low.

The teaching materials in this section include worksheets, lessons, games and fun communicative activities to help demonstrate and practice each function. Each teaching activity is categorized, according to the level and type of activity. To help students put the language structures into context, we have created a variety of activities that use dialogues and role-plays based on realistic situations. By focusing on and practicing these structures regularly, students will be able to build on their English language knowledge and communicate successfully.

The functional language topics are listed below:

Agreeing and Disagreeing

This page provides a wealth of functional language activities, worksheets and games to help teach your students how to agree and disagree with positive and negative statements and opinions.

Asking for and Giving Advice

These functional language activities, games and worksheets help to teach students how to ask for and give advice. The resources also help students learn a variety of structures for asking and giving advice on a number of everyday topics.

Asking for and Giving Directions

This page offers engaging functional language worksheets, activities and games to help students practice asking for and giving directions.

Asking for and Giving Opinions

In this section, you will find functional language activities and worksheets about asking for and giving opinions. This page also contains a wide range of engaging resources to help students practice explaining, justifying and summarizing opinions, agreeing, disagreeing and persuading. Students can also participate in debates where they express and defend their opinions by arguing for or against a topic.

Asking for and Giving Personal Information

On this page, you will find functional language worksheets and activities to help teach your students how to ask and answer personal information questions. These resources can also be used on the first day of class to help students get to know each other and make introductions.

Asking, Giving and Refusing Permission

On this page, you will find functional language worksheets and activities to help teach your students how to ask for, give and refuse permission using a variety of phrases.

Asking Questions

This impressive selection of activities help students to master asking and answering questions. On the page, you will find a wealth of games and worksheets to help students practice 'Wh' and yes/no questions in a range of tenses.

Complaining and Apologizing

These functional language activities teach students how to make and deal with complaints in English. Students also learn how to soften complaints, apologize, make requests, and give excuses. This page also contains several role-plays and teaching activities that cover common and business complaints.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

On this page, you will find engaging teaching activities and worksheets to help students practice their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The page also contains a variety of topic-based lessons to help students develop their skills. The resources in this section also combine other useful skills such as negotiating, prioritizing, ordering, analyzing and evaluating.

Describing Character and Personality

This page offers a range of activities and worksheets to teach students how to describe someone's personality and character. These resources also help students learn a variety of positive and negative character and personality adjectives.

Describing People's Appearance

These enjoyable ESL activities help to teach students how to describe someone's appearance. This includes their physical appearance and clothing. Students can learn how to use the 'verb to be' to describe height, body build and age, and how to use 'have' and 'has' to describe hair colour, hair length and facial features. These resources also help students to practice a wide range of adjectives related to appearance.

Describing Places

This page provides worksheets and activities to help students practice describing places, famous landmarks and buildings. There are also lessons and games to help teach related adjectives and practice writing descriptions of places.

Describing Things

This page offers a variety of entertaining games, worksheets and activities to help students practice describing things. The resources also help students learn essential language and adjectives to describe objects.

Getting to Know You

On this page, you will find engaging worksheets, activities, games and icebreakers for the first day of class to help your students get to know each other and practice giving personal information.

Holidays

These imaginative worksheets, activities and games help students to master holiday vocabulary and common expressions used in holiday and travel situations. There are resources to help students talk about all aspects of holidays, such as describing holiday experiences, talking about travel plans, booking a hotel, etc. Students can also learn how to ask and answer questions about holiday and travel information like the location of hotel facilities, opening/closing times and the price of hotel rooms.

Introductions

These functional language activities, worksheets and games help to teach students how to formally and informally greet someone, introduce themselves and others, make small talk, end a conversation and say goodbye. This page also provides fun activities for students to use on the first day of class to get to know each other and make introductions.

Indirect Questions

This page provides rewarding activities and worksheets about indirect questions to help your students master how to ask questions politely. The resources also help students learn how indirect questions are formed, why we use them, and how to change direct questions into indirect questions.

Making, Accepting and Declining Requests

This page provides functional language activities, worksheets, games and lessons to help you teach your students how to make, accept and decline requests using a variety of phrases.

Making, Accepting and Rejecting Suggestions

This page provides teachers with a variety of functional language activities based on making, accepting and rejecting suggestions. There are also resources to help students learn how to raise objections, suggest alternatives and make excuses. On this page, you will also find activities that help students practice inviting, accepting and declining invitations.

Ordering Food and Drink

These functional language activities and worksheets help students practice ordering food and drink. The resources also provide students with a variety of situational role-plays to help students master restaurant language and useful dining expressions.

Shopping

This page is packed with functional language activities and worksheets to help teach students shopping language. The page also contains a variety of engaging role-play activities to help students master buying and selling items in a shop.

Small Talk

These functional language activities, worksheets, games and lessons help teach students techniques for keeping a conversation going and making small talk. These techniques include using echo questions and words, asking 'Wh' follow-up questions and responding with phrases that show attention, agreement and interest. There are also resources to help students learn how to reply to everyday statements and questions with commonly used phrases.

Travel and Transportation

The functional language resources on this page focus on travel and transport. There are fun activities, worksheets and games to help students learn vocabulary and language connected to travel and transportation. You will also find role-plays and dialogues students can use to learn how to ask and answer questions about travel information.

 

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