Giving Directions - ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Battle Tanks

ESL Giving Directions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

Here is an entertaining directions game to play with elementary students. The desks are cleared away and four students are chosen to play first. The four students are divided into two teams of two. In each team, one player is the 'tank' and the other is the 'driver'. The two players who are the tanks are blindfolded and two soft balls are placed on the floor somewhere in the room. The two tanks then stand at opposite ends of the room. The drivers' task is to guide their tank to a ball by giving directions, e.g. go straight, turn right, etc. When a tank is guided to a ball, the student picks up the ball and has ammunition to fire. The driver then guides the tank to fire on the other tank, e.g. aim higher, to the left, etc. If the ball hits the tank, the team wins. If the ball misses, the driver guides the tank to the ball again. When a team wins, the game is repeated with the next four students and so on. When everyone has played, the winning teams play against each other to find the ultimate champion.
 

Draw the Directions

ESL Giving Directions Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Drawing Activity - Elementary - 45 minutes

In this creative worksheet activity, students draw pictures that match a set of directions and create directions for a classmate to draw. Each student is given a copy of the first worksheet. Students read the directions on the worksheet and draw a picture of the directions in each box. When students have completed all their drawings, their illustrations are checked to make sure they match with the directions. Next, each student is given a copy of the second worksheet. Students then create a new set of directions. When the students have written all the directions, they hand their worksheet to a classmate for them to draw.
 

Giving Directions

ESL Giving Directions Activity - Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 20 minutes

This useful worksheet activity helps to teach students how to ask for and give directions. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Students take it in turns to ask their partner for directions to the places shown on their worksheet. When a student has found the place, they mark the location on the map. When both students have been given directions to all nine places, they compare their maps and see if they have marked the locations correctly.
 

Gold Star Directions Game

ESL Giving Directions Game - Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary - 35 minutes

This entertaining activity gives students practice at giving and following directions. In the activity, teams play a game where they follow directions to hidden gold stars that have been placed throughout the classroom and building. When all the stars have been found, each team is given a gold star. The teams hide their start somewhere in the building and write directions from the classroom to the location of their star. When the teams come back, they challenge one another to find their gold star by following their directions. The team with the most gold stars at the end of the game wins.
 

My Map

ESL Giving Directions Worksheet - Drawing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this imaginative worksheet activity, students draw a map of a town and then ask for and give directions to places on the map. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by creating a map of a town in the box on their worksheet. Students then write in the names of the streets and draw eight places on the map, e.g. a cinema, town hall, shopping mall, etc. When the maps are complete, the students are divided into pairs. Students then take it in turns to ask for and give directions to the places on the map using the useful language on the worksheet.
 

The Crystal Maze

ESL Giving Directions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 minutes

Here is an entertaining game to help students practice giving directions. The students are divided into teams of three or four. Each team chooses one student to be their player. The players leave the room while the maze is being created. The desks are rearranged to resemble a maze with one entrance and one exit. If a maze of desks isn't possible, tasks are created for the players to perform to complete the maze, e.g. sit on a certain chair, open a certain book, touch a specific poster, etc. Once a maze has been created, the game begins with teams taking it in turns to play. The first team puts a blindfold on their player outside of the classroom and then brings them to the entrance of the maze. The aim of the game is for the teams to direct their player through the maze in the shortest possible time. When all the teams have played, new players are selected and the students rearrange the desks into a new maze or change the tasks the players have to perform. The team with the lowest score at the end of the game wins.
 

The Force Awakens

ESL Giving Directions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 15 minutes

This engaging game is ideal for practicing or revising directions and prepositions of movement and place. The desks are cleared away and the students are divided into four equal teams. Each team stands in one corner of the classroom. The teams play 'Rock Paper Scissors' to see which two teams will play first. The two teams decide which side they want to play for, i.e. the Dark Side or Jedi. A player from each team then puts on an appropriate mask or blindfold and is given an inflatable lightsaber or similar object. The teams then call out directions they want their player to move, e.g. go straight, go back, turn left, turn right, etc. When a player is in reach of their opponent, their team shouts 'hit'. The player then tries to hit their opponent on the head (or other part of the body). The first player to do this successfully wins the round and scores a point for their team. Then, a new player from each team puts on a mask and so on. When everyone has had a chance to play, the other two teams play against each other. Afterwards, the two teams with the most points have a showdown to determine the champion.
 

Can you tell me the way...?

ESL Giving Directions Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this fun worksheet activity, students practice asking for and giving directions to places on a map. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Both students have the same map, but each student has different places missing. The students' task is to ask their partner for directions to eight places and write the locations on the map. Student A goes first and asks Student B for directions to one of the places written on the worksheet. Student A listens to their partner's directions and marks the location by writing the name of the place on the map. When Student A has found all eight places, the students swap roles. Afterwards, the students compare their maps and check to see if they have marked the places correctly.
 

How do I get to...?

ESL Giving Directions Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 20 minutes

In this rewarding worksheet activity, students practice asking for and giving directions. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Students take it in turns to ask their partner for directions to the places shown on their worksheet. When a student has found the place, they mark the location on the map. When both students have been given directions to all the places shown on the worksheet, they compare their maps to see if they have marked the locations correctly.
 

Tour of London

ESL Giving Directions Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this enjoyable worksheet activity, students practice asking for and giving directions to famous places in London. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students are told that they are on a tour of London and that they want to get directions to the places listed on their worksheet. Students then take it in turns to ask each other for directions. Student A starts by asking Student B how to get from Marylebone subway station to St. James's Palace. Student A listens to their partner's directions and follows the route on the map. When Student A thinks they have found the place, they mark the location on the worksheet. Student B then asks Student A for directions and so on. This continues until both students have been directed to the eight places shown on their worksheet. Afterwards, students compare maps to see if they have marked the locations correctly.
 
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