Asking and Giving Directions (Beg)


Students will practice how to ask for and give street directions in English.
Student Level: 
Unit Group: 
General Business - Trips

Warm Up (5 mins)

Have you ever been lost in an unfamiliar place?

Did you ask anyone for help?

Listening (5 mins)

Listen to the audio and answer the following questions about how to get to the airport.

1. The speaker says to go straight ahead along this road for:

a) about five miles

b) about fifteen miles

c) about fifty miles

2. The speaker says to turn off this road when:

a) You see the Jackson motel

b) You see the airport entrance

c) You see the turnoff sign

3. Where is the airport entrance road?

a) Just after the Jackson motel

b) Two minutes drive along Route 95

c) On the right side of Route 95


Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

Explain how to get to your office from the nearest train station.

Grammar (5 mins)

Asking for Information with "Could you tell me ... "

A polite way to ask for information is with "Could you tell me ..... "

We can use a direct question form e.g. "Where do you live?"

Or we can use an indirect question form e.g. "Could you tell me where you live?"

Direct Form

Indirect Form

How can I get to the train station?

Could you tell me how to get to the train station?

Which hotel are you staying at?

Could you tell me which hotel you are staying at?

How far is it to center of town?

Could you tell me how far it is to the center of town?

Where can I buy souvenirs?

Could you tell me where I can buy souvenirs?

Practice using "could you tell me" to get information about the following:

1) You want to know how to purchase a train ticket.

2) You want to know where to find a coin locker.

3) You want to know when the next bus will arrive.


Practice making original requests using "could you tell me .... "

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


Use the map to complete the directions with the appropriate word from the list below.

across on your just before go past

Go straight ahead 1) __________ the bridge.

Take the third left, 2) __________ the river.

Follow the road straight ahead for about 1 kilometer.

After you 3) ____________ a car parking lot there is a major intersection.

Our building is just across the intersection 4) ____________ right.

Role Play (15 mins)

Keiko:Excuse me.
Stranger:Yes. Can I help you?
Keiko:Could you tell me where the Marriott Hotel is?
Stranger:Yes. I know the place.
Keiko:Oh good.
Stranger:First, go north along this street for another 100 meters. Then you'll see a street on your right. There is a convenience store on the corner.
Keiko:Ok. Go straight ahead to the convenience store and turn right?
Stranger:Yes. Then, keep going until you come to another busy street. That's called Market Street.
Stranger:Turn left and walk down a hill. The Marriott is at the bottom of the hill, across from an Italian restaurant.
Keiko:Across from the restaurant. OK. Could you tell me how long it takes to walk down Market Street?
Stranger:About 5 minutes. If you reach the river then you've gone too far.
Keiko:So it's right at the corner, then left onto Market Street. I go down the hill for about 5 minutes and the hotel is opposite an Italian restaurant.
Stranger:That's it! The hotel is on your left side.
Keiko:Wonderful. Thank you so much.
Stranger:Have a nice day.
Keiko:You too. Bye.

Try the role play again.

This time ask the instructor how to get from his/her home to a nearby shop (ask what kind of shops are nearby first!).

Repeat the instructions back to your instructor.

Try reversing the roles.

Extension Activity

Do you use Google maps or some similar technology?

When have you used it?

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 !