Modes of Transport ESL Games, Worksheets and Activities

Hit the Road

ESL Modes of Transport Games - Reading, Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

Here are a set of fun transport vocabulary games to help introduce elementary students to modes of transport. The students begin by playing a pelmanism game with the cards. In pairs, students take it in turns to turn over one picture card and one word card. If the picture and word match, the student reads the mode of transport aloud, keeps the two cards and has another turn. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins. The students then move on to play a snap-style game with the cards. One student takes all the picture cards and the other takes the word cards. Both students turn over a card from their pile at the same time. If the two cards match, the first student to say 'Snap' scores a point. For an extra point, the student then tries to make a sentence about the mode of transport, e.g. 'I came to school by car this morning'. If the student manages to make a grammatically correct and meaningful sentence, they score a point. The two students then pick up their own cards, shuffle them and play again. If the cards don't match, the students continue turning over cards until a matching pair comes up. The first student to get 15 points wins the game. Finally, the pairs place the word cards face up on the table and categorize the modes of transport into four types: public transport, personal transport, emergency vehicles and goods vehicles. When the pairs have finished, review the answers with the class.
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Transportation Crossword

ESL Modes of Transport Crossword - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this free transport crossword activity, students complete a crossword by describing and guessing different modes of transport. In two groups, students work together to invent and write down clues for the modes of transport written on their crossword. Next, the students pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words. Their partner reads out the clue for that word and the other student tries to guess the mode of transport. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they check their spelling by comparing crosswords.
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Interactive Version - In this transport vocabulary breakout room activity, pairs of students describe and guess various modes of transport in order to complete an interactive crossword.


Let's Learn about Transport

ESL Transport Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

This modes of transport worksheet helps students learn and practice transport vocabulary and related verb collocations. Students begin by matching modes of transport with pictures. Next, students categorize the modes of transport, according to the verbs or phrasal verbs they can be used with. Students then complete sentences with the verbs or phrasal verbs and modes of transport by looking at the place stated at the beginning of each sentence. Finally, students do a gap-fill exercise where they complete sentences with verbs or modes of transport based on the context of each sentence.
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Interactive Version - In this modes of transport interactive worksheet, students work through a range of exercises to learn transport vocabulary and verb collocations related to travel.


How was your Journey?

ESL Transportation Adjectives Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this engaging transportation adjectives activity, students play a game where they guess transportation adjectives from modes of transport. Write the transportation adjectives from the worksheet on the board and review the meaning of each adjective with the class. In pairs, the students then write two types of transport that best describe each adjective on their worksheet. When the pairs have finished, they take it in turns to read out the two modes of transport for each adjective to another pair, who listens and tries to guess the transportation adjective. If the pair guesses correctly, they score a point. The students are also encouraged to give feedback on the two modes of transport for each adjective and say whether they agree with the answers or not. The pair with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Setting Sail

ESL Boat Vocabulary Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this boat vocabulary worksheet, students learn boat vocabulary and practice talking about travelling by boat. First, students match each type of boat to its correct definition. Next, the students match each verb related to boat travel to the correct definition. Students then complete sentences with the verbs in their correct form. After that, students categorize other boat-related vocabulary under the correct headings. The students then complete sentences with the boat vocabulary from the previous exercise. In the last exercise, students play a true or false game. The students answer questions about their last trip on a boat by writing either all true or all false information. Then, in pairs, students ask their partner the questions on the worksheet and guess if they are lying or telling the truth.
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