Giving advice activites to practise other language (TEFLtastic classics Part 27)

Updated 11 September 2017

Just put up a new worksheet using this, one of my favourite ideas for practising tricky points which are different to think of other practice for, such as:

– collocations with words like “get” and “take”

– phrasal verbs

– word formation

– vocabulary on topics like health and love

It can also be used to practise grammar such as comparatives and articles.

You simply make some sentences describing problems like “I don’t get on with my eldest sister” and ask pairs of students to ask for, give and react to advice on how to solve those problems. Students can then make up similar problems to ask their partner’s for advice for. This activity is it a bit like making conversation questions with the language you want to practise, but I feel this makes the language more memorable – and it’s a nice break from students saying “I think…” at the start of every sentence… If your students also actually need the language of advice, all the better!

Here are some I prepared earlier:

Photocopiable classroom materials using giving advice to practise other language

HR vocabulary problems and solutions – NEW

Expressions with make and do giving advice speaking practice – NEW

Recommending arts and media (with lot of useful art and media language)

Comparatives and superlatives recommendations challenge

Recommendations with superlatives

Giving advice on personality problems

Love and marriage stories and advice (my lesson share winning LP and worksheet on Onestopenglish)

Relationships Advice and proverbs

Giving advice Vocabulary revision game

If I were you phrasal verbs Advice game

Recommending countries to visit Version 1 (with tricky names of countries and cities)

Recommending countries to visit Version 2  (ditto)

Recommending places to visit Advanced version (with useful vocabulary for describing different kinds of people, vocab for describing places, and tricky country and city names)

For 26 other teaching ideas worth using over and over again, see here:

TEFLtastic Classics Part 1 to 26

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