Asking and Giving Directions (Adv)


Students will practice how to ask for street directions when traveling abroad.
Student Level: 
Unit Group: 
General Business - Trips

Warm Up (5 mins)

Who would you ask for help if you were lost in an unfamiliar place or city?

Can you think of any other situations where you might need to ask a stranger for help?

Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video.

1. Does the man tell the tourists to "turn left" or "turn right" at the Joey's Pizza Shop?

2. Does he tell them to "turn left" or "turn right" at the hot dog cart?

3. Is the museum "before" or "after" the jazz club?


Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

1. What are the two different ways that people can explain directions?

2. What does "drop dead point" mean?

Conversation Skill (10 mins)


Conversation Skill Point: 

Paraphrasing is the skill of taking information and repeating it back to the original speaker WITHOUT using exactly the same words.

This is an important high level language ability because it is a very effective way of confirming the information you have heard.

Original sentence

Paraphrased sentence

Go straight ahead for five blocks

Follow this road straight for five blocks

Turn left at the next corner

Make a left at the next corner

Turn right on to Melrose Street

Go right onto Melrose

You will pass a gas station on the left

Keep going past a gas station on the left

Try to paraphrase these directions:

1) Go straight ahead for three blocks then turn left at Starbucks.

2) At the next corner turn right.

3) Exit the hotel and turn left.

4) Turn around and go left at the next main road.

5) The shop is next to the bank, on the left.

Ask your instructor for more directions to some of the places in his/her town, starting from a well known landmark.

Practice paraphrasing the instructions you hear.

Vocabulary (5 mins)

Are these similar or opposite meanings?
go straight ahead on Park Avenue -vs- go straight along Park Avenue
make a left at the lights -vs- go left at the lights
behind the coffee shop -vs- across from the coffee shop
turn before the intersection -vs- turn after the intersection
turn up Main Street -vs- turn down Main Street
go out of the building -vs- exit the building
the post office is after the bank -vs the post office is past the bank

Role Play (15 mins)


Case Study (15 mins)

Imagine you are staying in a hotel in your instructors home town.

Imagine your instructor is the hotel concierge.

Ask for directions to each of the following places:

a) A good restaurant for dinner

b) A place to buy some souvenirs

c) A bank to withdraw some cash

d) A car rental hire agent

e) Any interesting local tourist spots.

Remember to paraphrase the directions given.


Try swapping roles.

Give directions from your train station or other well know location to the places the instructor asks.

Extension Activity

How has modern technology helped people find unfamiliar places?

Would you be interested in owning a pair of "Google Glass" frames that show directions in front of your eyes as you walk?


Review and Quiz (5 mins)

Do you have any questions about this lesson?

What did you learn today?

Did you learn any new vocabulary or expressions?

Ask your instructor for tips on how you can improve your English.

Finally, don't forget to take the quiz after all your lessons are finished today.

Thank you !