Sunday, 17 December 2017

Asking For and Giving Advice - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets

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Advice Game

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students play a game where they have five minutes to write down as many pieces of advice as they can for a given situation. In each round, students are given a different structure for giving advice to use. The class is divided into teams of three. A situation is written on the board, e.g. 'I just had a car accident'. Teams then have five minutes to write down as many pieces of advice as they can for the situation using a certain structure, e.g. 'You should...' When the five-minute time limit has been reached, the teams swap papers for marking. Teams score one point for each appropriate piece of advice about the situation. Further rounds are played using a different situation and structure for giving advice each time. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Advice for Aches and Pains 

ESL EFL Matching, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this creative teaching activity, students play a pelmanism game where they match pictures to health problems. The students then practice giving advice for the health problems shown on the cards. The students are divided into pairs. Each pair is given a set of picture cards and a set of health problem cards. The students shuffle the sets of cards separately and spread them out face down on the table in two sets. Students then take it in turns to turn over one picture card and one health problem card. If the cards match, the student keeps the cards and has another turn. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. The game continues until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins. Next, some structures for giving advice are written on the board and practiced. The pairs then shuffle their picture cards and place them face down in a pile. The students take it in turns to turn over a picture card and say they have the health problem shown in the picture, e.g. 'I've got a cold'. The other student then uses the language on the board to give advice to their partner, e.g. 'Why don't you take some medicine and go to bed?' Students continue like this until all the picture cards have been used. Afterwards, pairs of students model their dialogues to the rest of the class.

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Advice Dominoes

ESL EFL Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this engaging teaching activity, students play a game of dominoes to practice the zero and first conditional for giving advice. The class is divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out four each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top domino from the pile is then placed face up on the table. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the 'main' and 'if' clause go together to make a zero or first conditional sentence for giving advice. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take one from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. The other players then take it in turns to match their dominoes in the same way by putting them down at either end of the domino chain and making a suitable conditional sentence for giving advice. If a player cannot go and there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game. Afterwards, the students can shuffle the dominoes and play again.

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Advice for the Modern World

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this compelling worksheet activity, students practice giving advice for modern-day situations. This activity helps to teach students how to give advice using four different structures. After practicing the four structures for giving advice and discussing the concept of etiquette, the students are divided into pairs. Working together, the students write four pieces of advice for the modern-day situations on the worksheet using a different structure for giving advice each time. The situations cover things like using a mobile phone, using social networks, etc. When the students have finished, each pair joins with another pair. One pair chooses a modern-day situation at random and reads one of their pieces of advice to the other pair. The other pair then guesses which situation the advice is for. If the pair guesses correctly, they score four points. If they guess incorrectly, the pair reads a second piece of advice for three points and so on. When a pair guesses a situation successfully or all four pieces of advice have been read out, the pairs swap roles. This process continues until both pairs have given advice for all the situations on their worksheet. The pairs then play a second round where they take it in turns to read out all four pieces of advice for each modern-day situation. If a pair has a piece of advice that is different from the other pair, they win a point. The pair with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Advice Needed

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

In this enjoyable teaching activity, students play a game where they practice giving advice with the modal verb 'should'. The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given 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, read out the situation on the card and ask for advice. The other students then each give a different piece of advice for the situation using the modal verb 'should'. The student with the card listens and awards the card to the person who gives the best advice. The next student then picks up a card and so on. This continues until there are no more cards left. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to find out the best advice given for each situation.

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Agony Aunt

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

In this intriguing activity, students take on the role of an agony aunt called Abby and practice giving advice. Each student is given a card. Each card contains a short letter to Abby asking for advice about a particular problem. Working alone, the students write a reply, giving advice for the problem on their card. When the students have finished, the cards are collected in. The class is then divided into four groups. Each group is given a set of replies to one problem and a corresponding blank card to write a final reply. Working with the people in their group, the students read and discuss all the advice given for their problem. The group then chooses the best advice and writes a final response on the blank card. Afterwards, the groups take it in turns to read their problem and advice to the class. After each group has spoken, the other students say whether they agree with the advice or not.

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Asking For and Giving Advice

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 50 Minutes

Here is an engaging three-page lesson that helps students learn how to ask for and give advice on everyday topics. Each student is given a copy of the lesson. Students begin by reviewing language for asking and giving advice. Students then write a list of ten things that they would ask advice for, e.g. a low GPA, a broken heart, etc. Next, students write mini-dialogues, asking for and giving advice on their ten topics. After that, the students role-play the mini-dialogues with a partner. The students then pretend they run an online advice column. Students read three emails asking for advice and write replies, giving the best advice they can. Finally, the students read out their replies and the other students say whether they agree with the advice or not.

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Careers Advice

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this entertaining activity, students give careers advice for different jobs. The class is divided into four to six groups and each group is given a set of job cards. In their groups, the students complete each job card with career advice for someone who would want to do that job in the future. When everyone has finished, groups take it in turns to read out the advice on one of their job cards, without saying what the job is. The other groups listen and try to guess which job they are giving career advice for. The first group to guess correctly scores a point. This continues until all the cards have been read out. The group with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Guess the Problem

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

In this enjoyable teaching activity, students play a game where they guess problems from the advice given. The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of problem cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and read the problem on the card. The student then starts giving advice for the problem on the card. The other students listen and try to guess what the problem is. The first student to guess the problem wins and keeps the card. If no one manages to guess the problem after lots of advice has been given, the student giving the advice keeps the card. The next student then picks up a card and so on. This continues until there are no more cards left. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

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I've got a Problem

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This class speaking activity helps to teach students how to state problems and give advice with 'should', 'ought to' and 'had better'. The class is divided into two groups - Problem People and Advice Givers. The problem people think of a minor problem they have and are willing to talk about, e.g. 'I'm always late to class'. The problem person explains their problem and the advice giver gives a piece of advice using one of the three phrases, e.g. 'You ought to organize your time better'. The problem person then moves on to ask advice from another advice giver. This continues until the problem person has received five pieces of advice. Then, the students swap roles and repeat the activity. After the activity has been completed, students state their problem and report to the class on the best and worst piece of advice they received using the target language.

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Jon's Story

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity- Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this rewarding worksheet activity, students read a short story and then write advice for the people in the story. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students read the short story on the worksheet together as a class. The students then write two pieces of advice for each person in the story using 'should', 'shouldn't', 'ought to' or 'had better'. When the students have finished writing, they are divided into groups of four. The students take it in turns to read their advice to the group. The group members discuss the advice and try to come up with one piece of sound advice for each person. Afterwards, the groups report back to the class on the advice they came up with.

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Problems and Advice

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this fun worksheet activity, students complete cards with problems and advice. Students then use the cards to play a game where they match the problems and advice together. The students are divided into pairs and given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing sentences stating problems, e.g. 'I've got...' When the students have completed the worksheet with problems, each pair joins with another pair and exchanges worksheets. The pairs read the problems on their new worksheet and write advice for each one. The pairs then cut the worksheet into problem cards (2 parts) and advice cards. Each student takes four problem cards and two advice cards. The rest of the cards are placed in two piles. One student begins by putting down a card showing the first half of a problem. The next student must complete the problem using one of his or her cards. The following student must then put down a card showing a matching piece of advice for the problem. If the student manages to do this, he or she keeps the three cards and puts down the first half of a new problem. If a student cannot put down a suitable card at any time, the student picks one up from the appropriate pile and it's the next student's turn to put down a card. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

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The Best Advice

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

Here is an impressive class activity to help teach students how to ask for and give advice. Each student is given a problem card and an advice card. In pairs, the students have two minutes to ask their partner for advice about the problem on their card and write down the advice they receive on the advice card. When the two minutes are up, students pair up with a new partner and repeat the process until they have spoken to eight people. When the students have finished, they choose the best piece of advice and write on their card why they think it's the best. Afterwards, the students tell the class about their problem and the best advice they received.

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Travel Advice

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

In this rewarding worksheet activity, students write travel advice for a place they know well and then use the advice in a guessing game. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students think of a country, city or place they know well. The students write the name of the place in the space provided and then complete sentences with travel advice for first-time visitors. Students can give advice on things like climate, public transport, customs, taxis, crime, shopping, food and drink, etc. When the students have finished writing, they are divided into groups of four or five. Students then take it in turns to read their travel advice to the group, without saying the name of the place. The other students in the group listen and guess which country, city or place the student is giving advice for. Afterwards, the groups choose one student from their group to read their travel advice to the class for them to guess.

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What should I do?

ESL EFL Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this engaging teaching activity, students play a game where they try to give the best advice for a variety of problems. The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Students then take it in turns to pick up a card and read out the problem on the card to the group. The other students listen and then each give some advice in turn. The student with the card listens and awards the card to the person who he or she thinks has given the best advice. The next student then picks up a card and so on. This continues until there are no more cards left. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. When everyone has finished, students report back to the class on the best or worst piece of advice they received for each problem.

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