Making Suggestions ESL Activities, Worksheets, Role-Plays and Games

Saturday Suggestions

ESL Making Suggestions Role-Play - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this free making suggestions speaking activity, students role-play making, accepting and rejecting suggestions about things to do on a Saturday. Students imagine it's Saturday and they are all at home together feeling bored. The aim is to make suggestions on things to do until they find something they all agree on. In groups, students begin by turning over the first situation card and making appropriate suggestions, according to the prompt on the card. The students suggest and reject suggestions based on the things they want and don't want to do on their role cards until they come up with something they all want to do. The role-play continues until the students have completed all the situations and agreed on a suggestion for each one.
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A Day Out

ESL Making Suggestions Role-Play - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a making suggestions role-play activity to help students practice suggesting, raising objections, suggesting alternatives and accepting suggestions. Students begin by reading three short dialogues and choosing the correct words to complete the suggestion phrases. In pairs, students then create a role-play where they suggest where to go and what to do tomorrow. They do this by following the prompts on the worksheet and using the language from the first exercise in their conversation. Finally, students present their role-plays to the class.
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Holiday Suggestions

ESL Holiday Suggestions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this holiday suggestions activity, students suggest suitable places to go on different holidays as well as suggesting places to stay and things to see and do. The worksheet contains six different types of holiday, e.g. a beach holiday, an adventure holiday, etc. In pairs, students discuss each type of holiday in turn, make suggestions and decide on a suitable place to go, a place to stay, and things to see and do. Finally, each pair joins together with another pair and the students take it in turns to explain their holiday choices to each other.
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Let's Make Suggestions

ESL Making Suggestions Lesson - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 60 minutes

In this free making suggestions lesson, students learn how to make, accept and reject suggestions. First, students look at pictures of eight presents and write the names of the presents below the pictures. Students then rank the presents from the most to the least expensive and answer questions about which present they would most and least like to receive for their birthday and which would be the best and worst present for their dad. After that, students complete a gap-fill dialogue where two people are suggesting presents for their dad's birthday. Students then identify and write down the phrases used for making, accepting and rejecting suggestions from the dialogue. Next, students answer questions about the dialogue and discuss their answers in pairs. Finally, students create a conversation where they make, accept and reject suggestions for a friend's birthday present using a set of prompts together with the language they have learnt. Afterwards, students present their conversations to the class.
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Interactive Version - This free making suggestions interactive lesson contains a range of exercises to help students learn language for making, accepting and rejecting suggestions.

 

Suggestions Race

ESL Making Suggestions Game - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun making suggestions game, students race to put words in the correct order to suggest different things. There are ten suggestions in all and each suggestion uses a different structure. One student from each pair comes to your desk and gets suggestion strip 1. Students then take the strip back to their partner and put the words in the correct order to make a suggestion. Students write the suggestion on the strip, capitalizing the first word and adding in punctuation. When a pair thinks they have completed the suggestion, a student brings the strip back to you. If the suggestion is correct, the student takes strip 2 and continues. The first pair of students to successfully complete suggestion strip 10 wins the game.
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Turn Around

ESL Making, Accepting and Rejecting Suggestions Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this communicative making suggestions activity, students make, accept and reject suggestions and give excuses using prompts on cards. Students hold their cards so the picture prompt is facing towards them. Students then go around the class, making and accepting suggestions with as many different partners as possible using the picture prompts. Students then exchange cards and repeat the activity, but this time they hold their cards with the picture prompt facing away and make a different suggestion each time they speak to a classmate. Afterwards, students exchange cards again and write an excuse on the blank side of the card. The students hold their cards so that the picture prompt is facing away and the excuse is facing towards them. Students then go around making and rejecting suggestions and giving excuses. Afterwards, students exchange cards one more time and go around the class with the excuse facing away, making the same suggestion several times but giving a different excuse each time.
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What do you suggest?

ESL Making Suggestions Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercise - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this engaging making suggestions worksheet, students complete and write suggestions from a set of prompts. Students read each statement on the worksheet, look at a picture prompt and complete or write a suggestion. For prompts 1 to 9, students complete the suggestion. For prompts 10 to 14, students write a suggestion using one of four phrases.
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Interactive Version - In this making suggestions interactive worksheet, students do an exercise where they use a set of prompts to write suggestions using different expressions.

 

What shall we do?

ESL Making Suggestion Activities - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 45 minutes

In this making suggestions worksheet and role-play, students make, accept and reject suggestions by completing gap-fill dialogues and role-playing different suggestion scenarios using prompts on cards. First, students complete two gap-fill dialogues with words and phrases for making, accepting and rejecting suggestions. In pairs, students then read the dialogues with their partner. Students then use the language from the two dialogues to role-play different scenarios where they make, accept and reject suggestions. Students turn over cards and role-play various conversations where they make, accept and reject suggestions and try to come up with a plan of things to do based on the topic on the card. Afterwards, pairs take it in turns to role-play one of their dialogues in front of the class.
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Why don't we go on holiday?

ESL Suggesting Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

This making suggestions worksheet helps to teach students how to make, accept and reject suggestions and use the language to practice making holiday suggestions. Students start by completing suggestions with the correct form of verbs in brackets. Next, students read phrases that are used to say yes or no to a suggestion and categorize them. After that, students fill in gaps in a suggestions dialogue using the language they have learnt. Finally, students go around the class suggesting where to go on holiday using places in a chart, e.g. 'Why don't we go to Hawaii?' When a classmate says yes to a suggestion, the students write down each other's names and suggest a holiday activity to do together. When the students have finished, they give feedback to the class on their holiday plans.
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Interactive Version - In this making suggestions interactive worksheet, students work through a variety of exercises to learn how to make, accept and reject suggestions related to holidays.

 

Can I make a suggestion?

ESL Accepting and Rejecting Suggestions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this free set of making suggestion activities, students practice making, accepting and rejecting suggestions in pairs and groups. To start, students identify language for making suggestions by underlining related phrases in sentences. Next, students match sentence halves together to make language for accepting and rejecting suggestions. In pairs, students then test their partner on the accepting and rejecting phrases by playing a memory game. After that, students create six suggestions of their own and take it in turns to make, accept and reject the suggestions with their partner. In the last exercise, students discuss three problems and make, accept and reject suggestions in small groups. Finally, students decide on the best solution for each situation and tell the class what they decided and why.
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Perhaps we could...

ESL Suggestions Worksheet - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this suggestions worksheet, students learn and practice advanced phrases for making, accepting and declining suggestions. Students start by reading a suggestions dialogue and identifying phrases for making a suggestion, accepting a suggestion and declining a suggestion. Students then circle phrases that are not appropriate responses to suggestions. Next, students underline all the phrases for making suggestions in Exercise C. After that, students write their own suggestions using a different phrase and activity each time. Finally, in pairs, students take it in turns suggesting their ideas and their partner responds using one of the phrases from the worksheet.
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Interactive Version - Here is a making suggestions interactive PDF to help students learn how to make and respond to suggestions with more advanced phrases.

 

Suggestions and Solutions

ESL Suggesting Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this making suggestions activity, students give suggestions for a set of problems and then work together in a group to reach an agreement on a solution for each one. To begin, students come up with one or two suggestions to deal with each problem on the worksheet. In groups, students then discuss each problem in turn, give their suggestions and try to reach an agreement on a solution for each one. Afterwards, groups share their solutions with the class who decides on the best solution for each problem.
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The Secret of Success

ESL Making Suggestions Activity - Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this making suggestions speaking activity, students suggest the best way to do different things. In groups, students take it in turns to turn over a card and say, "What's the best way to...?" The student then reads the topic on the card, e.g. 'What's the best way to find a job?' The other students then take it in turns to make suggestions on the best way to do the thing on the card. Students discuss the topic and see if they can agree on the best suggestion. When the students have finished, there is a class feedback session to discuss the best suggestions for each topic.
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