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Asking directions

Asking directions

Asking the way and giving people directions; Answering the phone, and asking for someone by phone. 

The unit's objective is to familiarize students with the essential vocabulary and syntax necessary to ask for directions to a specific place and provide directions. By the end of the unit, students should also be familiar with the simple vocabulary and syntax necessary to answer the phone or make phone calls.

Hours: Approximately 9 hours

Unit Objectives:

  1. By the end of the unit, the student should be able to:
    • Ask for directions, follow instructions to find a particular route, and to give someone directions to a specific place.
    • Answer the phone, ask for someone by phone, ask someone to hold.
    • Hold a conversation by describing someone else's efforts to find a specific place.
  2. The guided exercises offer students the vocabulary necessary to provide or ask for directions. Through conversational activities, students will create situations in which they give directions and apply what they have learned to their context. Additionally, students are encouraged to create a situation where they call or answer the phone: calling a customer helpline, the doctor, a specific person in an office, someone's home, etc.


Associated exercises

  • The numbers
  • The time and date
  • Song
  • Cue Cards: A phone call

A telephone conversation – Part 1

A telephone conversation – Part 2

A telephone conversation – Part 3

The key themes see in this Unit are: 

  • Office spaces
  • Job interviews
  • Talking about your day
  • Interrogative pronouns: Where

  • Present simple affirmative: Go, turn, take, can, meet

  • Prepositions of place: In, at, on

  • "Wh" - questions: Where, what, how, which

  • Phrasal verbs vocabulary for directions: turn, go, get, take…

  • Present simple – interrogative: To be, can

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