Making, Accepting, Rejecting Suggestions - ESL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Suggestions Race

ESL Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students play a game where they race to put words in the correct order to make suggestions. There are ten suggestions in all and each suggestion uses a different structure. The students are divided into pairs. 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 order to make a suggestion. The 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 from the pair brings the strip back to you. If the suggestion is correct, the student takes strip 2 and continues. If the suggestion is wrong, the student takes the strip back to their partner and tries to correct the mistake. The first pair of students to successfully complete suggestion strip 10 wins the game. The rest of the students continue the game until most or all of the students have finished. Afterwards, the correct answers are reviewed with the class.
 

Turn Around

ESL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this productive speaking activity, students practice making, accepting and rejecting suggestions and giving excuses using cards as prompts. Each student is given a picture prompt card. Students hold their card so the picture prompt is facing towards them and the blank side of the card is facing away. Students then go around the class making and accepting suggestions with as many different partners as possible using their cards as prompts. 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 picture prompt is facing away. The students then go around the class, making a different suggestion each time they speak to a classmate. When everyone has finished, the 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, the students exchange cards one more time and go around the class with the excuse facing away. In this part of the activity, the students make the same suggestion several times but give a different excuse each time they speak to a classmate.
 

What do you suggest?

ESL Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this useful worksheet activity, students complete and write suggestions from a set of prompts. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students read each statement, 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. When everyone has finished, the answers are reviewed with the class.
 

A Day Out

ESL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

Here is an engaging role-play activity to help students practice making suggestions, raising objections, suggesting alternatives and accepting suggestions. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by reading three short dialogues. Each dialogue consists of phrases for making suggestions, raising objections, suggesting alternatives and accepting suggestions. The students then choose the correct words to complete the phrases. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class. In pairs, the 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. When the students have finished, they present their role-plays to the class.
 

Come with me

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

In this entertaining class 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.
 

Dad's Birthday

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

In this engaging topic-based lesson, students learn how to make, accept and reject suggestions. Each student is given a copy of the lesson. Students begin by looking at pictures of eight presents and writing the names of the presents below the pictures. After the answers have been checked, students rank the presents from the most to the least expensive. The students then 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. The 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, the 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, the students present their conversations to the class.
 

Holiday Decisions

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

In this insightful worksheet activity, students make suggestions on suitable places to go, places to stay, and things to see and do on different types of holiday. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The worksheet contains six different types of holiday, e.g. a beach holiday, an adventure holiday, etc. The 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. When everyone has finished, each pair joins together with another pair to make a group of four. The pairs then take it in turns to explain their choices to each other. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session to find out about the students' holiday choices and to see if they match correctly with each type of holiday.
 

Making, Accepting and Rejecting Suggestions

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

In this comprehensive worksheet activity, students practice making, accepting and rejecting suggestions. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by completing an underlining and matching task to identify phrases for making, accepting and rejecting suggestions. The students then see if they can remember the phrases. One student turns over their worksheet and their partner reads out a suggestion from the first exercise. The student then accepts or rejects the suggestion by trying to remember the language on the worksheet. When all the suggestions have been read out, the students swap roles and repeat the activity. Next, students create six suggestions of their own. Then, take it in turns to make, accept and reject the suggestions with their partner. After that, the class is divided into small groups. The groups discuss three problems and make, accept and reject suggestions. The students then decide on the best solution for each situation and tell the class what they decided and why.
 

Suggestions and Solutions

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

In this intriguing worksheet 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. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The worksheet contains a set of 15 problems. Working alone, the students come up with one or two suggestions to deal with each problem and write them in the second column of the worksheet. When the students have finished writing, they are divided into groups of three or four. Students then discuss each problem in turn, give their suggestions and try to reach an agreement on a solution for each one. Afterwards, the groups share their solutions with the class and the class decides on the best solution for each problem.
 

What shall we do?

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 minutes

In this imaginative worksheet activity, students practice making, accepting and rejecting suggestions by completing gap-fill dialogues and role-playing different scenarios using cards as prompts. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, students complete two gap-fill dialogues with words and phrases for making, accepting and rejecting suggestions from a box on the worksheet. When the students have finished, they are divided into pairs. The students read the dialogues with their partner and compare answers. Then, the answers are checked with the class. Students then use the language from the two dialogues to role-play different scenarios where they make, accept and reject suggestions. Each pair of students is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. The pairs then turn over a card and role-play a conversation 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. When the students have finished, they take the next card and repeat the process. This continues until all the cards have been used. Afterwards, pairs of students take it in turns to role-play one of their dialogues in front of the class and feedback is given.
 

The Secret of Success

ESL Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 minutes

In this rewarding teaching activity, students suggest the best way to do different things. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down on the table. The first student turns over the top card and says, "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 in the group then take it in turns to make suggestions on the best way to do the thing on the card. The students then discuss the topic and see if they can agree on the best suggestion. Then, the next student picks up a card and so on. This continues until all the cards have been used. When the groups have finished, there is a class feedback session to discuss the best suggestions for each topic.
 
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