Getting Around ESL Activities and Role-Plays

Let's Take the Subway

ESL Getting Around by Train Activity - Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this free getting around information gap activity, students practice asking for and giving directions using a train system map. This activity can be used to help students learn language for getting around on a train or subway system. In pairs, students take it in turns to ask for and give directions from one train or subway station to another using a system map and phrases given in a box. The students listen to their partner's directions, follow them and write the destination station name on their map. When the students have finished, they check their answers by comparing maps.
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Getting Around Questionnaire

ESL Getting Around Questions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this getting around activity, students put words in order to form travel questions about different forms of local transport. Students then ask and answer the questions with a partner. In two groups, students put words in order to form questions about getting around by taxi and train or car and bus. Students then answer the questions and write their answers down in the column marked 'You' on the worksheet. After that, students join with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner the questions and note down their partner's answers in the appropriate column. When the students have finished, they report back to the class on what they found out about their partner.
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Interactive Version - In this travel and transport breakout room activity, students order words to make travel questions about modes of transport. The students then use the questions to interview a partner.

 

Madrid to Barcelona

ESL Train Travel Role-Play - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this train travel role-play activity, students ask and answer questions about rail travel information and practice booking train tickets. Student A takes on the role of someone going on a train journey with a friend. Their task is to find out train travel information and book some tickets. Student B is a train station ticket agent. Their task is to answer questions and help book tickets. Student A uses the information in an introductory text on the worksheet to explain to the ticket agent which train they want to catch, when, and for how many people. Student A then asks for information to complete sentences on their worksheet and book the tickets, e.g. 'When is the next train to Barcelona?' 'What time does the train arrive in Barcelona?' Etc. Student B uses the information on their worksheet to tell Student A about the various train times, platform numbers and ticket prices. When the students have completed the role-play, they exchange worksheets and swap roles, giving both students a chance to use the language for each role and to confirm the answers. Afterwards, pairs role-play the situation in front of the class.
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Could you slow down, please?

ESL Taxi Language Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this taxi language game, students race to match sentences and questions with taxi-related situations. One student turns over a situation card and reads the taxi-related situation on the card aloud. Both students then race to find the appropriate taxi language card that corresponds to that situation. The first student to find the card, say the sentence, and place it on top of the situation card wins and keeps the cards. It's then the other student's turn to turn over a card. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins.
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Taxi for Two

ESL Taxi Vocabulary Game - Reading, Matching and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this taxi vocabulary game, students match words related to travelling by taxi with their definitions and then try to make a sentence a passenger or taxi driver would say using the word. In pairs, students take it in turns to turn over one word card and one definition card. The student reads the word or phrase and definition on the cards. If the word or phrase matches with the definition, the student keeps the two cards and scores a point. The student then tries to make a sentence a passenger or taxi driver would say using the word or phrase on the card for an extra point. If the student is able to do this, they have another turn. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over. It's then the other student's turn to play. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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