Teaching functional language articles

44articles on teaching functions such as requests and offers. If you like anything here and want more, please support TEFLtastic.  

Fun apologising activities – NEW

12 fun checking/ clarifying practice activities

12 fun agreeing and disagreeing activities

How to review functional language

12 fun recommendations activities

How to teach starting and ending conversations

How to teach Social English

How to teach restaurant language

How to teach recommendations, advice and suggestions

How to teach making and responding to invitations

How to teach small talk

How to teach small talk questions with how

How to teach British and American functional language (with differences in requests, small talk, etc)

How to teach directions

How to teach shopping language

40 telephoning activities

Favourites in EFL classes

How to teach like and would like

How to teach telephoning

Getting students to use more complex language Part Two

Getting students to use more complex functional language Part One

How to teach comparing and contrasting

How to teach hedging and generalising

How to teach advantages and disadvantages/ looking at both sides

How to teach supporting your arguments

How to teach the language of likes and dislikes

Sharing personal experiences in EFL classes (including useful functional language for that purpose)

How to teach requests – LINK UPDATED

Activities for making requests

How to teach dealing with enquiries

How to teach giving examples – LINK UPDATED

How to teach the language of prohibition – LINK UPDATED

How to teach turn taking

How to teach checking/ clarifying

How to teach the language of opinions – LINK UPDATED

Classroom speaking for the language of opinions – LINK UPDATED

Tying functional language in with your syllabus – LINK UPDATED

Teaching formal and informal language  – LINK UPDATED

Functional language for IELTS Speaking – LINK UPDATED

What your students need to know about thanking in English –  LINK UPDATED

Classroom activities for the language of thanking – LINK UPDATED

Classroom activities for the language of requests

How to teach dealing with enquiries

15 things to teach about apologizing

15 games for likes and dislikes

How teach directions to young learners

TPR for can/ can’t – LINK UPDATED

Practice activities for can/ can’t – LINK UPDATED

How to teach modals of possibility/ probability/ deduction

Games to practice want/ want to

How to teach have/ have got

7 games for have/ have got

Updated 4 December 2022

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