EFL/ESL lesson plan for beginners (A1)- Giving and Asking for Directions

ESL/ EFL beginner lesson plan – Giving and Asking for Directions

Lesson Goals: At the end of the following lesson students will learn how to give and how to ask for directions in English. Also, they will be familiar with important vocabulary on buildings and places in town.
Target Grammar: Giving and asking for directions
Focus Vocabulary: Buildings and places


1. Connect the word with the picture.





2. Read the text. Where is Sandeep going? Write numbers next to the buildings on the map.

Sandeep will wake up early tomorrow, and go to the hospital where his mom works. The hospital is in the center of the city. He will go up the street, and turn left. Then, he will go to the shop which is down the street, to the right. He will buy a bar of chocolate for his little brother. Then he will go back and turn right and take his brother from school.

3. Mark the statements T for true, and F for false.

  1. Sandeep’s mother will take him to the cinema.
  2. There is a swimming pool next to the school.
  3. Sandeep will go up the street and turn left to go to the hospital.


When we give directions, we do not use a subject!

  • Go left!
  • You go left!

Giving instructions:

  • Go left!
  • Go right!
  • Go up!
  • Go down!
  • Turn left!
  • Turn right!

Also, we use: near, close to, or far from to explain where something is.

Asking Questions:

Excuse me, where is ….? How to get to…


1. Listen to the directions. Fill in the blanks.

From the shop, go straight to the _______________. Cross the _______________and go to the school. There is a swimming pool _______________to the school. Walk up the street for 5 minutes, then turn _______________, and cross the street. You will _______________the hospital there. Walk for _______________minutes, cross the street and you are at the zoo.

2. Look at the map again (above). Underline the correct word.

  1. There is/ isn’t a swimming pool next to the school.
  2.  The zoo is to the right/ left.
  3. There is/ isn’t a shop in town.


1. In the classroom, rearrange the desks or open up some free space to play a game.

Leave enough obstacles around the room to make the game more challenging. Ask one student to close their eyes and listen carefully, while the rest give the student instructions to go straight, turn left or right to get from A to B.