Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Describing Places - ESL EFL Activities and Worksheets

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Around the House

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

In this challenging teaching activity, students play a game of taboo where they describe and guess words connected with houses and buildings. The class is divided into groups of four and each group is given a set of cards. The students shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pile on the desk. Students take it in turns to pick up a card from the pile without showing it to anyone. The student with the card describes the word in bold to the other students. The student is not allowed to say any of the words shown on the card or variations of the words. The first student to guess the word being described wins the card. Students continue playing until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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Describing Places

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 50 Minutes

In this rewarding three-page worksheet activity, students practice adjectives for describing places, famous landmarks and buildings. The students begin by reading tips on how to describe places. The students then write synonyms and antonyms for adjectives that describe places. After that, students write a description of a famous landmark or building for other students to guess. The students then answer questions and write descriptions about two famous cities. Finally, students describe the worst place they have been to in their lives. The students then write about the same place again as if they were a travel agent, trying to sell the place to tourists.

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Ideal Holiday Destinations

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

In this teaching activity, students describe their ideal holiday destination. Students then find out about their classmates' holiday destinations and discuss which one they would prefer to visit, and why. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students complete the first column on the worksheet with notes about their ideal holiday destination, including information such as the location, climate, landscape, historical sites, etc. When the students have finished writing, they are divided into pairs. One student starts by asking their partner about their ideal holiday destination, making notes in the second column on the worksheet. The students then swap roles and the other student asks questions and makes notes. When they have finished, students sit with a different partner. Each student asks their new partner questions about their previous partner's holiday destination and makes notes in the final column. When they have finished, students find another new partner and discuss which of the six destinations from their two worksheets they would prefer to visit, and why. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session. Students discuss which holiday destinations they liked the most and the similarities and differences between them. As an extension, students give a short promotional talk about their ideal holiday destination in groups.

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Adjectives that Describe Places

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this enjoyable crossword activity, students practice defining adjectives that are commonly used to describe places. They then pair up and complete half of a crossword by guessing adjectives from clues given by their partner. The class is split into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Both groups have the same crossword, but Group A has the words down and Group B has the words across. Working with the people in their group, students invent and write down clues for the adjectives on their crossword. When they have finished, each student works with a partner from the other group. Students take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing adjectives. Their partner reads out the clue for that adjective. The other student then tries to guess the word. If the student guesses the adjective successfully, they write the missing word on their crossword. If not, the other student continues to give more clues until their partner is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they compare their answers.

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