Invitations - ESL Activities and Games

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ESL Invitations Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this entertaining teaching activity, students make, accept and decline invitations and make suggestions on where and when to meet. Each student is given a card. The shaded part of the card is a ticket to an event. Each ticket admits four people. The lower part of the card is their diary for the weekend. The aim of the activity is to invite three other students to the event on the ticket and fill up the diary by accepting other students' invitations. Students walk around the class and invite other people to go with them to the event on their ticket. Students only accept an invitation if they really want to go and are free. If not, students decline the invitation and give an excuse. When a student accepts a classmate's invitation, the student writes the invitation in their diary and the classmate writes the student's name on the back of their ticket. After an invitation has been accepted, the two students suggest a time and place to meet. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the class on who accepted their invitations and what plans they have in their diary.
 

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ESL Inviting and Making Arrangements Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this rewarding invitations activity, students practice phrases for inviting and making arrangements by putting sentences from a conversation in the correct order and then using the language to make new conversations. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Each student has half of a conversation, but the sentences are in the wrong order. The students' task is to put the conversation in the correct order by reading the sentences to their partner and numbering them from 1 to 14. Student A starts the conversation by looking at their sentences and reading the most suitable one to start the conversation. The student then puts number 1 next to the sentence. Student B listens and looks for a suitable reply and then reads that reply to Student A, putting number 2 next to the sentence. This process continues until the conversation has been put in order from 1 to 14. When each pair has finished, they read the conversation to you. If the students have made any mistakes, they repeat the activity until the conversation is ordered correctly. Next, the language for inviting and making arrangements is reviewed with the class. After that, the pairs make two similar conversations using the language for inviting and making arrangements from the worksheet. When the students have finished, they present their conversations to the class and feedback is given.
 

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ESL Invitations Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Low intermediate - 30 minutes

In this fun invitations activity, students play a card game where they practice making and declining invitations. The students are divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the table. One student picks up a card and uses the prompt on the card to invite the student on their right to do something, e.g. 'Do you want to go to the park this afternoon?' The student on their right then tries to win the card by declining the invitation and giving a reason, e.g. 'I'm sorry, but I have to study English tomorrow afternoon'. If the student does this successfully, the other student gives them the card. The students are not allowed to use the same reason twice during the game. If they do or they can't think of a reason, the invitation passes to the next student on the right. This continues until a student comes up with a new reason and wins the card. Students continue to play until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to find out some of the best reasons for declining an invitation.
 

Invitations Board Game

ESL Invitations Board Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 minutes

In this entertaining invitations activity, students play a board game where they practice making and responding to invitations. The students are divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a copy of the game board, a set of response cards, a dice and counters. The students shuffle the response cards and place them face down in a pile on the game board. The players then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, the student to their right invites the player to do something using the prompt on the square, e.g. 'Would you like to go to the cinema with me tomorrow afternoon?' The player then picks up a response card from the pile and uses the prompt on the card to reply to the invitation. The response either requires the player to decline the invitation and make an excuse or express a possibility to accept, e.g. 'I'm afraid, I can't. I have to meet my friend tomorrow afternoon' or 'Maybe. I'm supposed to be playing tennis tomorrow afternoon, but I can rearrange that. I'll let you know a bit later.' The other students listen and judge the player's response. If the player responds appropriately using the prompt on the card, they stay on the square. If the player makes a mistake or the response is inappropriate, the player goes back to their previous square. The response card is then placed at the bottom of the pile and play passes to the next student. If a player lands on an 'Invite me' square, the student to their right can make any invitation they like. The first player to reach the finish wins the game. As a variation, you can have the students score a point for each appropriate invitation or response they make. When a player reaches the finish, the game ends. The student with the most points wins the game. In this version, if a player cannot respond appropriately, they stay on the square and don't score any points.
 
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