Making, Accepting and Declining Requests - ESL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Could you...?

ESL Reading and Listening Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students play a game where they race to find someone to accept their requests. The students are divided into groups of four and each student is given a card (A, B, C or D). On each card are three requests and nine replies that accept and deny requests. The aim of the game is for students to make requests and race to find the person in their group who has the 'Yes, of course' response to each request. Student A begins by reading the first request in bold on their card to one of the other students, e.g. 'Could you lend me ten dollars?' That student then looks for a matching reply on their card. If the chosen student accepts the request by saying 'Yes, of course...', Student A crosses off the request. If the chosen student declines the request by saying 'I'm sorry...', Student A has to wait until their next turn before making the request to another student. Student B then reads the first request on their card to one of the other students and so on. The first student to cross off all three requests wins the game. The game continues until all the students have crossed off all their requests.
 

Requests Mingle

ESL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this productive speaking activity, students practice making, accepting and declining requests using cards as prompts. Each student is given a request card. On one side is a request prompt and on the other side is a tick or cross. Students hold their card so the request prompt is facing towards them and the tick or cross is facing away. Students then go around the class making, accepting and declining requests with as many different partners as possible. If students see a tick, they accept the request. If there is a cross, the students decline the request. When the students have finished, they exchange cards. The students then repeat the activity, but this time they hold their card the other way round so the request prompt is facing away. The students then go around the class, making a different request each time they speak to a classmate. The students continue in this way until they have spoken to as many different partners as possible.
 

Deal with it

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

In this engaging activity, students role-play complaints to practice making, accepting and declining requests and offers. The students begin by brainstorming common situations that cause complaints. These situations are written on the board. The class is then divided into pairs and each pair is given a set of cards. The students role-play a complaint for each situation on the board and try to reach a satisfactory agreement each time. To do this, the students use expressions on the cards as part of their role-play. The students decide who will be complaining and who will be dealing with the complaint. Each student then takes a card. The students begin the role-play and as quickly and naturally as possible, use the expression on the card in the conversation. When they have done that, and while continuing the role-play, they take another card and repeat the process. The aim is to use as many expressions as possible during the role-play. Each time a student uses a card, they score one point. When the students have finished, they choose a new situation from the board, swap roles, shuffle the cards and repeat the process. This continues until all the situations have been used. The student with the most points at the end of the activity wins.
 

Guess the Request

ESL Drawing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this creative worksheet activity, students draw pictures of requests and try to guess requests from pictures a partner has drawn. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students then draw pictures of requests in corresponding numbered squares on the worksheet. For example, if the request was 'Can you help me carry these books?' the student might draw a picture of someone carrying many books. When everyone has finished drawing their pictures, students cut the worksheet so the drawings and requests are separate. Students then pair up with someone from the other group. The students give their partner the drawings they have made. The students then take it in turns to guess the requests from their partner's pictures. Requests 1 to 4 begin with 'Could you...?' and requests 5 to 9 begin with 'Can you...?' Students get three chances to guess the request in each picture. If a student guesses correctly on the first try, they score three points. On the second try, they get two points. On the third try, they score one point. The student with the most points at the end of the activity is the winner.
 

Help me out

ESL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this enjoyable worksheet activity, students make, accept and decline requests and try to find classmates who are free to help them with five tasks. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students write five tasks they plan to do and need help with in a schedule on the worksheet, e.g. wash the car, clean the house, etc. Students then go around the class making requests to find classmates who are free to help them with their five tasks, e.g. 'Could you help me wash my car on Tuesday afternoon?' Students also fill in the rest of their schedule with tasks that their classmates have asked them for help with. If a student is free at a stated day and time, they accept the request and write the task information in their schedule. The student also signs their name in the square under the task on their partner's worksheet. If a student already has something to do, they decline the request and give their reason, e.g. 'I'm sorry, I can't. I'm helping Tim clean his house'. Each student may have no more than one signature from the same person. The first student to find classmates to help them with their five tasks wins. Afterwards, students continue the activity to see who can complete their schedule with the most tasks.
 

Hotel Requests

ESL Miming and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this entertaining activity, students play a game where they mime and guess hotel requests. The students are divided into teams of four and each team pairs up with an opposing team. Each pair of teams is then given a set of mime cards. The students are told to imagine that they are at a hotel reception in a country where they can't speak the language, and that they have to make requests to the hotel receptionist by mime. A student from one team picks up a card and mimes the request to the two teams, e.g. 'Could you help me with my suitcase?' The students in both teams watch the mime and call out their ideas. The student who is miming points and nods at students who provide accurate guesses until someone says the exact request on the card. The first student to say the correct request scores a point for their team. A student from the other team then picks up a card and continues with the second mime and so on. This continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 

How to make, accept and decline requests

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 60 minutes

In this engaging lesson, students learn how to make, accept and decline requests using various phrases. Each student is given a copy of the lesson. The students begin by completing two gap-fill dialogues with words from a box on the worksheet. Students then read the two conversations with a partner and compare their answers. Afterwards, the answers are checked with the class. After that, the students identify the phrases used to make requests in the two dialogues and write them in a table. Students then write in the phrases used to accept or decline each request. In the empty squares, the students write other phrases they could use to accept or decline the requests. Students then use the phrases from the table to write requests and replies from a set of prompts. Following that, the students write four requests of their own and practice making, accepting and declining the requests with a partner. Students then read some short impolite dialogues and rewrite the requests and responses to make them more polite. Finally, students write a conversation in pairs where they make, accept and decline requests. These conversations are then presented to the class.
 

Party Time

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

In this creative worksheet activity, students plan and organize a class party by making, accepting and refusing suggestions and requests. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The students are told that they are going to organize a class party and that there is an unlimited budget as the teacher is going to pay for everything! The pairs then make, accept and refuse suggestions and write their agreed-on ideas for the party in a table on the worksheet. When the students have finished, each pair joins with another pair to make a group of four. The students then discuss their suggestions for the party and write the best ideas in a second table. When the students have completed their plans, they take it in turns to make requests to each other to organize and complete tasks in preparation for the party, e.g. 'Could you go to the shop and buy ten bottles of Champagne?' Students only agree to a request if they genuinely think they wouldn't mind doing it. When a student agrees to a request, their name and accepted task is written in the table. If students don't want to do something, they decline the request and explain why. When everyone has finished, groups tell the class about their party plans and what each student is going to do in preparation for the party. Afterwards, the class votes for the group with the best party ideas.
 

Race to Respond

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

In this entertaining activity, students play a card game where they race to accept and decline requests. The students are divided into groups of four. Each student is given a set of accept and decline picture cards and a set of request cards (A, B, C or D). The students shuffle their picture cards and place them face up on the table. The request cards are shuffled and placed face down in a pile in front of them. The picture cards with a 'tick' show agreement to a request. The picture cards with a 'cross' show refusal. Student A begins by picking up a card from their pile and making an appropriate request based on the situation on the card. After the request has been made, the card is placed face up on the table. The students with a matching accept or decline card then race to respond to the request. The first student to accept or decline the request and lay their matching picture card down on top of the request card wins. The winning student keeps the two cards as a trick. Student B then picks up a request card and so on. The game continues until all the request cards have been used. The student with the most tricks at the end of the game wins.
 

Polite Requests

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 minutes

Here is a useful worksheet activity to help students practice the language for making, accepting and declining polite requests. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by using ten polite phrases to make requests for the situations on their worksheet. After that, students fill in missing letters in phrases that accept and decline requests. Students then work with a partner and take it in turns to make, accept and decline requests using the situations from Exercise A and phrases from Exercise B.
 

What's missing?

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 minutes

In this useful worksheet activity, students guess missing words in requests. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The requests containing gaps on the worksheet are the ones students have to guess the missing words for, one gap corresponds to one missing word. The requests that contain words in bold are the ones their partner has to guess. Students get three chances to guess the missing words in each request. Student A begins by guessing the missing words in the first request. Student B listens and tells their partner if they are correct or not. If students guess correctly the first time, they score three points. On the second try, they get two points. On the third try, they score one point. After the missing words have been guessed correctly or three chances have passed, Student B guesses the missing words in the second request and so on. When a student successfully guesses the missing words, they write the words in the gaps on the worksheet. The student with the most points at the end of the activity is the winner. When the students have finished, they go through any requests they got wrong and compare worksheets to check their answers.
 

Would you mind...?

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

In this rewarding worksheet activity, students practice making, accepting and declining requests with 'Would you mind -ing...?' Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students go around the class making requests for the things shown on their worksheet using 'Would you mind -ing...?' Students only agree to a classmate's request if they genuinely think they wouldn't mind doing it. If students don't want to do something, they decline the request and explain why. For each request, students must speak to two people. When a classmate responds to a request, the student writes down their reply and name on the worksheet. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the class on the people who accepted and declined their requests.
 
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