Making Decisions, Offers, Promises - ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Decision Dominoes

ESL Making Decisions and Offers Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this engaging decisions and offers activity, students play a game of dominoes to practice spontaneous decisions and offers. In the activity, students match statements and questions to spontaneous decisions and offers with ‘will’ and vice-versa. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out six each, leaving the rest in a pile, face down. The students then turn over the top card from the pile and place it face up on the table. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the domino on the table, making sure the statement or question matches with an appropriate decision or offer. Play then passes to the next student and so on. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take a domino from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.

Offers and Promises

ESL Making Offers and Promises Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this making offers and promises activity, students respond to statements by making offers with 'will' and 'shall' and promises with 'will' and 'won't'. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Student A starts by reading the first statement on their worksheet to Student B. Student B looks at the words in the box on their worksheet and replies by making an offer or promise with 'I’ll...', 'I won’t...' or 'Shall I...?' If the offer or request isn't the same as what's written on Student A's worksheet, Student B must try again until they get it right. If it's the same, Student B writes the offer or request down on their worksheet. Student A then reads the next statement and so on until all the offers and requests have been made correctly. Afterwards, the students swap roles.

Decisions, Decisions

ESL Making Decisions Game - Reading and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

Here is a fun making decisions game to see how quickly students can decide things. The game covers making spontaneous decisions with ‘will’ and giving reasons for decisions. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of cards which they place in a pile face down on the desk. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and read the situation and question to the group. The first student to respond by making a decision with ‘will’ and giving a reason for their decision gets three points. The other students then have a chance to each get one point by making their own decision with ‘will’ and giving a reason. However, their responses must be different from the first student. If the first student doesn’t form their response correctly, another group member can challenge the student and be the first person to answer. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. When the students have finished, there is a class feedback session to find out which questions were the most difficult to answer and why.

Offer it up

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

In this making offers activity, students guess missing words in sentences and questions that make offers with 'will' and 'shall'. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The sentences with gaps on their worksheet are where the students have to guess the missing words and the sentences without gaps are the ones their partner has to guess. The missing words contain 'will' as a contraction or 'shall' plus a verb. Student A starts by guessing the missing words in the first sentence. Student B replies with 'Yes, that’s right' or 'Sorry, try again' as appropriate. When a student has guessed the missing words, they write them on their worksheet. Student B then guesses the missing words in the second sentence and so on. When the students have finished, they check their answers by comparing worksheets.

Promises and Offers

ESL Making Promises and Offers Activity - Speaking - Pre-intermediate - 20 minutes

In this entertaining speaking activity, students practice making promises with ‘will’ and ‘won’t’ and offers with ‘will’ and ‘Shall I...?’ Each student is given a statement card. The students go around the class, reading their statements to each other, e.g. 'I need to go to the airport'. When a student listens to a statement, they respond with a promise to do something or with an offer of help, e.g. 'Shall I call you a taxi?' Students are also encouraged to give funny or imaginative responses, e.g. 'I'll get your chauffeur'. When two students have practiced making an offer or promise to each other, they change partners. When everyone has finished, students tell the class about any funny or creative responses they had to their statements. Students can also do this activity in groups of three or four. Students take it in turns to read a statement to the group. The student who gives the best or most imaginative promise or offer keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

Decisions Race

ESL Spontaneous Decisions Game - Reading, Listening and Matching Activity - Low intermediate - 20 minutes

In this rewarding activity, students play a card game where they race to match and read spontaneous decisions in response to given situations. The students are divided into groups of three or five. One student is the reader. The reader is given a set of situation cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile in front of them. The other students are the players. The players are given a set of decision cards. The players shuffle the cards and deal them out evenly. The reader turns over the top card from their pile and reads out the situation on the card. The players then race to find an appropriate decision card in response to the situation. The first player to put a matching decision card on the table and read out the response wins and discards their card. There are always two possible decision cards for each situation, so students need to be quick in order to win. The game continues until one player has got rid of all their decision cards. That player wins the game. When the game has ended, the students play again with a new student being the reader, so as to give everyone a chance to play.

New Year's Resolutions

ESL Making Decisions Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 minutes

This insightful making decisions worksheet helps students practice the future continuous tense and the future form 'will' for decisions. In the activity, students complete a set of statements by deciding what their New Year's resolutions will be and how to stick to them. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The worksheet contains a set of incomplete statements about New Year's resolutions. The students think what their New Year's resolution(s) will be and complete the statements with the future continuous tense and the future form 'will' for decisions. When the students have completed their statements, the class is split into groups of three or four. Students then take it in turns to tell each other about their New Year's resolutions by reading their sentences to the group. The other group members listen and try to give advice to the student to help them reach their goal. Finally, students give feedback to the class on the best advice they were given.

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