Modes of Transport ESL Games, Worksheets and Activities

All Aboard!

ESL Transport Vocabulary Board Game - Vocabulary and Speaking: Gap-fill, Guessing, Impromptu Speech, Freer Practice - Group Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

Here is an enjoyable transport vocabulary board game to help students practice vocabulary related to modes of transport. In groups, students take turns picking up a card and reading the sentence to the other students using the word 'blank' for the missing transport word, e.g. 'My mother drove me to school in her new BLANK.' The other students listen to the sentence and race to choose a word from the game board and say it aloud to complete the sentence, e.g. car. The first student to say the correct word shown on the card rolls the dice and moves their counter along the board. If a student lands on a 'Talk about' square, they talk about that topic to remain on the square. If they are unsuccessful, they move back one space. The first student to reach the finish wins the game. As a variation, students take turns trying to complete a sentence with a word from the board rather than racing each other.
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Get Moving!

ESL Transport Vocabulary Game - Vocabulary: Guessing, Gap-fill - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free transport vocabulary game, students complete sentences with transport-related verbs, adjectives, and nouns. In pairs, students take turns picking up a card and reading out the gap-fill sentence to their partner using the word 'blank' for the missing word. Their partner then has one chance to guess the missing word by choosing a transport-related verb, adjective or noun from the game board and saying it in its correct form. If the student guesses the correct transport word in its correct form, they give themselves one point and write it in the appropriate column on the game board. If the student guesses the wrong word or gives the wrong word form, no points are awarded for that turn. Play continues until all the cards have been read out and guessed. The student with the most points wins the game.
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Hit the Road

ESL Modes of Transport Games - Vocabulary: Pelmanism, Matching, Forming Sentences, Categorising - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

These fun modes of transport games help introduce students to transport vocabulary. In pairs, students begin by playing a pelmanism game where they 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 wins. 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'. The two students then pick up their own cards, shuffle them and play again. The first student to get 15 points wins the game. Finally, pairs categorize the modes of transport into four types: public transport, personal transport, emergency vehicles and goods vehicles.
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Let's Learn about Transport

ESL Modes of Transport Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Matching, Categorising, Sentence Completion, Gap-fill - Intermediate (B1) - 20 minutes

This informative 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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The Tabarca Island Ferry

ESL Public Transport Worksheet - Vocabulary and Reading Exercises: Unscrambling, Matching, Gap-fill - Speaking Activity: Asking and Answering Questions - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This comprehensive public transport worksheet helps students learn and practice vocabulary commonly required for using public transport. First, students complete sentences by unscrambling public transport words. Next, students match the public transport words to their definitions. After that, students complete a dialogue at a tourist information office using words from a box. Following that, students use the words to complete public transport questions. Finally, in pairs, students ask and answer the questions, giving as much detail as possible.
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Transportation Crossword

ESL Modes of Transport Crossword - Vocabulary Activity: Writing Clues, Describing, Guessing - Pair and Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this free modes of 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, students pair up with someone from the other group and 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.
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How was your Journey?

ESL Transportation Adjectives Game - Vocabulary: Matching - Pair Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this engaging transportation adjectives game, students 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, students then write two types of transport that best describe each adjective. 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 has one chance to guess the transportation adjective. If the pair guesses correctly, they score a point. 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 Travel Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Matching, Gap-fill, Categorising, Writing Answers - Speaking Game: True or False, Guessing - Pair Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this useful boat travel worksheet, students learn boat vocabulary and practice talking about travelling by boat. First, students match each type of boat to its correct definition. Next, students match each verb related to boat travel to the correct definition and complete sentences with the verbs in their correct form. After that, students categorize other boat-related vocabulary under the correct headings and complete sentences with the words. In the last exercise, students play a true or false game. 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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