Situational functions game

Use as many of the functions on the next page as you can in one of the following situations, taking a card or ticking it off the list as you use it. The person who has used the most in that situation wins, then start again with a new situation.  

In the street                                                                A supermarket

A market                                                                    A department store

A convenience store/ corner shop                          A club

A bar/ A pub                                                              A fast food restaurant

A posh restaurant                                                      A cinema (= movie theater)

A theatre                                                                    A hospital or surgery

At home                                                                      In or near someone else’s house

On the phone                                               By email

By text (= SMS)                                           On your blog/ Facebook page

A bus, coach or train                                   A hotel check-in desk

A taxi                                                                          A spa, public baths or sauna

A swimming pool or gym                                          A train station or underground station

A library or bookshop                                 A stadium or other sporting venue

A museum or art gallery                             A concert or music venue

A post office                                                              Immigration

On a plane                                                                 An airport check-in desk

At work

 

Farewell

 

 

Greeting

 

Apology

 

Request

 

Offer

 

 

Invitation

 

Introduction

 

Suggestion/ Advice

 

Refusal

 

 

Thanks

 

Excuse

 

Opinion

 

Agreement

 

 

Disagreement

 

Acceptance

 

Complaint

Brainstorm at least phrases for each of the functions above.

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Teacher’s instructions 

The game works better if you cut up one pack of cards per group of three or four players, but you can just get them ticking them off the list instead (maybe with a different coloured pen or different symbol for each person and each round).

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PDF version for easy printing: Situational functions game

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