Describing Places ESL Activities, Worksheets, Lessons and Games

Describing a Town or City Worksheet

ESL Describing Places Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this describing places worksheet, students learn and practice how to describe a town or city using singular and plural nouns and there is/are. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by matching nouns to pictures. The nouns are all places you would normally find in a town or city. Students then use their own ideas to write five more things they might find in a town or city, e.g. factories, a train station, supermarkets, etc. Next, students list the things that are in their town or city. Students then move on to categorize the nouns in Exercise A and B into singular and plural nouns. After that, students complete a set of rules on how to use singular and plural nouns with there is/are. Students then practice the grammar rules by reading sentences containing errors in the use of there is/are. The students identify the errors and rewrite the sentences, correcting the mistakes. In the last exercise, students do a gap-fill exercise where they describe their own town or city. When the students have finished, have them read their texts to the class and provide feedback.
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Describing a Town or City Interactive Worksheet

ESL Describing Places Interactive Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

This is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for English teachers working online. In the interactive worksheet, students complete online exercises to learn how to describe a town or city.
 

Around the House

ESL Describing Places Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this free describing places game, students describe and guess words connected with houses and buildings. Give each group of four a set of cards, which they shuffle and place 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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Ideal Holiday Destinations

ESL Describing Places Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this insightful describing places 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. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students complete the first column on the worksheet with notes about their ideal holiday destination, including information like the location, climate, landscape, historical sites, etc. When the students have finished writing, divide them into pairs. Students then take it in turns to ask their partner about their ideal holiday destination. Students record their partner's name at the top of the second column on the worksheet and make notes underneath. When they have finished, students change partner. Each student asks their new partner questions about their previous partner's holiday destination, noting down the information in the last column. When they have finished, students find a 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 create a short promotional talk about their ideal holiday destination, describing it and explaining why it's ideal.
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It's a place where...

ESL Describing Places Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this describing places teaching activity, students describe places by saying what you can do there. This activity can also be used to practice places in a town. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Each student's worksheet contains the same map as their partner, but different places on each map are missing. Students take it in turns to ask about one of the missing places on their map, e.g. 'What's number 3?' Their partner then describes the place by saying what you can do there, e.g. 'It's a place where you can meet your friends and drink beer'. The student then guesses what place is being described from their partner’s description. If the student guesses correctly, they write the name of the place on the map. If not, their partner continues to describe the place until the student gets it right. This process continues with students taking it in turns to describe places until all the places have been marked on the two students' maps. When the students have finished, they check their answers by comparing worksheets.
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A Room with a View

ESL Describing Places Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Low intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this engaging describing places activity, students describe a place in a picture half to others in order to find someone who has the other half of the picture. Together, they then write a description about the place. Give each student half of a picture. The students go around describing their picture to various classmates until they find the student who has a matching description. The two students then confirm they have the right person by asking and answering questions about their picture, e.g. 'Are there mountains in your picture?' If the replies are positive, the two students show each other their picture. If the two halves of the picture match, the two students sit down together. Next, the pairs of students imagine that they are on holiday in the place in their picture and that the picture shows the view from the room in their holiday accommodation. Working together, the students write a description of the view on a piece of paper, inventing additional details about the place. When the students have finished writing their descriptions, give each pair a copy of the uncut worksheet. The pairs then exchange their description with another pair, without saying which picture it refers to. The pairs read the description they have received and match it to one of the pictures on their worksheet. The pairs then check that they have matched the description and picture correctly. This process continues until each pair has matched a description to each picture on the worksheet. Afterwards, review the students' descriptions together as a class and give feedback.
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Describing Places Lesson

ESL Describing Places Lesson - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 60 minutes

In this rewarding describing places lesson, students learn adjectives that describe places, famous landmarks and buildings, and practice writing descriptions with the adjectives. Give each student a copy of the lesson and a dictionary. Students begin by writing synonyms and antonyms for the adjectives shown on the worksheet. The students do this by looking up the adjectives in a dictionary and writing down any new synonyms or antonyms they find. Students then think of a famous landmark or building and write a description of it, using the tips and adjectives from the first exercise. However, they don't write the name of the place in their description. When the students have finished, they take it in turns to read their descriptions to the class. The class then tries to guess the famous landmark or building being described. The students then move on to answer questions and describe pictures of two famous landmarks. Students name the famous landmarks in the pictures, write adjectives to describe them and use the adjectives to write descriptions of the landmarks. When the students have finished, the answers are checked and the students read their descriptions to the class. Next, students think about the worst place they have ever been to and write down six negative adjectives to describe it. Students then write a description of the place. After that, students write about the same place, but as if they were a travel agent and had to sell it as a holiday destination to tourists. Students write down six positive adjectives to describe the place and a new description. Finally, the students read out their two descriptions to the class and feedback is given.
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Describing Places Interactive Lesson

ESL Describing Places Interactive Lesson - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 60 minutes

Here is an interactive PDF version of the above lesson for people teaching English online. In the interactive lesson, students do a range of online exercises to learn adjectives that describe places and practice writing descriptions.
 

Describing Places Crossword

ESL Describing Places Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this describing places crossword activity, students define and guess adjectives that are used to describe places. Divide the students into two groups (A and B) and give each student 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 written on their crossword. When the students have finished writing, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words, e.g. 'What's 1 down?' Their partner reads out the clue for that adjective and the other student tries to guess what it is. If the student guesses the adjective successfully, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they check their spelling by comparing crosswords.
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Describing Places Interactive Crossword

ESL Describing Places Interactive Breakout Room Activity - Reading. Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

This is an interactive PDF version of the above activity for online English teachers. In the breakout room activity, pairs of students complete a crossword by defining and guessing adjectives that are used to describe places.
 
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