Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Asking for and Giving Directions - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

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Draw the Directions

ESL EFL Drawing and Writing Activity - Elementary - 40 Minutes

In this creative teaching activity, students draw pictures to match a set of directions. Each student is given a copy of the first worksheet. The students then draw pictures of the directions shown on the worksheet. When the students have finished, they are given a second worksheet. Each student then creates a set of new directions for a classmate to draw.

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Giving Directions

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this useful teaching activity, students practice asking for and giving directions to places on a map. This activity also helps students practice prepositions of place. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students take it in turns to ask each other for directions to the places listed on their worksheet. When a student finds the place they want to go to, they write the name of the place on their copy of the map. Students are not allowed to look at each other’s worksheet until they have both found all nine places listed. Finally, students compare their maps and see if they have marked the places correctly.

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Gold Star Directions Game

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

This entertaining activity gives students practice at giving and following directions. Students also get to practice using imperatives, prepositions of place and movement. In the activity, teams play a game where they follow directions to hidden gold stars that have been placed throughout the classroom and building. When all the stars have been found, each team is given a gold star and sent off to hide their star somewhere in the building. Each team then writes a set of directions from the classroom to the location of their star. Finally, the teams challenge one another to find their gold stars by following their directions. The team with the most gold stars at the end of the game wins.

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My Map

ESL EFL Drawing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this imaginative activity, students practice asking for and giving directions. Each student is handed a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by drawing a map of the centre of their town or city. Students write in the names of the streets and then draw eight places on their map, e.g. a cinema, town hall, shopping mall, etc. Then, in pairs, they take it in turns to ask for and give directions from one place to another on their map.

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The Crystal Maze

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This is an entertaining game to play when teaching directions. In the game, students practice giving directions by guiding a teammate through a maze. The class is separated into teams. Each team chooses one student to be their player. The players from each team are blindfolded. Next, the desks in the class are rearranged to resemble a maze with one entrance and one exit. If a maze of desks isn't possible, create tasks for the players to perform to complete the maze, e.g. sit on a certain chair, open a certain book, touch a specific poster, etc. The teams then take it in turns to guide their blindfolded player through the maze by giving directions. The aim of the game is for the teams to direct their player through the maze in the shortest possible time.

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Can you tell me the way...?

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this engaging pairwork activity, students practice asking for and giving directions and prepositions of place. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is handed a corresponding worksheet. The two worksheets contain a map that has different information from the other. Below the map, there are eight places they need to find. The students' task is to ask their partner where the eight places are and write the locations on the map. Student A goes first and asks Student B for directions to the places written on their worksheet. When Student A has been given directions to the place they want to go to, they write the name of the place on their map. When Student A has found all eight places, the students swap roles. Afterwards, the students compare their maps and see if they have marked the places correctly.

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How do I get to...?

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this noteworthy teaching activity, students practice asking for and giving directions. The class is split into pairs and each student is given a worksheet that contains a map of a town and a list of places. Students take it in turns to ask each other for directions to the places listed on their worksheet. When a student finds the place they want to go to, they mark the position on their map. When the students have finished, they compare their maps and see if they have marked the places correctly.

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Tour of London

ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this pairwork teaching activity, students practice asking for and giving directions to famous places in London. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students are told that they are on a tour of London and that they want to get directions to the places listed on their worksheet. Students then take it in turns to ask each other for directions. Student A starts by asking Student B how to get from the start to St. James's Palace. Student A listens to Student B's directions and follows the route on the map. When Student A thinks they have found the place, they mark it on the map. Student B then asks Student A for directions and so on. Students continue until they have been directed to all eight missing places on their maps. At the end of the activity, students compare maps to see if they have marked the places correctly.

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Related Teaching Activities: Prepositions of Place  /  Prepositions of Movement 

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