Asking for and giving directions ESL lesson plans

Need some direction to teach directions? We’ve added our first asking for and giving directions ESL lesson plans!

Our asking for and giving directions lessons are loaded with images and our own, beautiful town map oozing with color and detail. In the imaginary town of Sherbourne, your student will learn to explain static locations with in, at and on. In addition, they’ll explain where places and building are located in relation to each other, using in front of, behind, next to, etc.

Next your student can start navigating through town! By giving directions to move from one place to another they’ll be moving around in no time! Within a couple of lessons (and the pairing self-study activities), we think your students will be confident enough to use a wide range of vocabulary to both understand and give directions. This target language is perfect for when they’re  on vacation!

FL110 – On Vacation – Directions 1

Here your student is introduced to our map of Sherbourne, and to the icons they need to familiarize themselves with. What’s on the corner? What’s on Heywood Street? Is there a bank on Aldgate Avenue? In this lesson, your student learns the language to explain static location.

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FL111 – On Vacation – Directions 2

The lesson adds movement to the map, by introducing the language needed to give directions from one place to another. By slowly introducing more and more places on the map, your student gains confidence. Then we move the starting point on the map – and the student can really start to work hard.

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These lessons work particularly well as a pair with our Preposition Category, in which we have 14 lessons covering Prepositions of Place and Prepositions of Movement.

We hope you enjoy these asking for and giving directions lessons. Along with the rest of our ‘on vacation’ series, the first 11 lessons in our Functional Language category are proving extremely popular. Wonderful for any of your students who might be going on vacation or travelling internationally for business!

As always, let us know how the lessons are working with your students. If you’d like to see any other functional language topics covered, tell us below!


  • David Nicholls says:

    August 1, 2016 at 10:34 am

    keep the good work up guys, you introduce great stuff, my students are all absorbed by everything you present. cheers David Nicholls

    • Kris Jagasia says:

      August 1, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Cheers David! Glad to hear that we’re keeping your students happy!

  • María del Carmen Mastroianni says:

    August 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Thank you, the material you send is quite useful and interesting
    you ´re so creative!

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