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10 Invitations and Requests Dialogues and Listening Exercises for Everyday Scenarios

Pictures of real life situations give context  to short conversational exchanges including invitations and requests, accepting and refusing and giving advice and making suggestions. It helps students understand, relate and identify with these everyday situations. And listening exercises with visual  context help students gain a greater understanding of the English language.

1 Indirect requests (with answers and audio)

 
This is an indirect requests listening and speaking  exercise and activity. Students  try to complete the invitations conversations using the pictures and the vocabulary. Or students can listen to the audio and match the vocabulary and phrases to complete the questions.

 

Indirect requests listening and speaking activity.

Indirect requests (PDF)

(audio mp3)

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2 Invitations: accepting and refusing (with answers and audio)

 
This is a speaking skills exercise and worksheet to help English language learners  to practice giving invitations, accepting invitations and refusing invitations in a variety of situations.  Students  try to complete the invitations conversations using the pictures and the useful vocabulary. Or you use the audio and you can have a listening lesson instead/aswell.

 

Invitations: accepting and refusing worksheet

Short invitation dialogues (PDF)

(audio mp3)

3 Making requests around town (with answers and audio)

Students try to write commonly used requests and short conversations that  are appropriate for the situations  shown in the pictures. And then listen to the conversations to compare and check their answers.

Requests around town speaking skills exercise

Requests around town (PDF)

 (audio mp3)

4 Husband-wife  request role play (with answers and audio)

  This is an elementary  English  ESL  role play exercise  for practicing requests. and two part verbs.  Students complete the conversations with suitable expressions. Then they can listen to the audio and compare answers.

 

Husband wife request role play grammar and speaking activity

Husband/wife request role play (PDF)

  (audio mp3)

 5  Requests, advice and commands speaking skills (with answers and audio)

 
This is a speaking/listening exercise and worksheet  for English language learners  to practice deciding whether to give commands, advice or make polite requests in a variety of situations shown in the pictures.  This exercise can be done as a listening exercise now that I have added audio.

Advice, commands and requests speaking skills exercise

Requests, advice and commands speaking skills (PDF)

audio (mp3)

6 Office dialogues: making requests exercise (with answers and audio)

 This is an office dialogues exercise to help students learn how to make polite requests in English. The pictures provide contexts so the students can more fully engage with the meanings and uses of the vocabulary.

Business English making requests worksheet

Office dialogues: making requests (PDF)

 (audio mp3)

7 Making Polite Requests (with answers)

This is a grammar exercise and worksheet for English language learners to practice making polite requests in the different ways and different scenarios. Students match the expressions on the left to the pictures and write complete requests with the appropriate request phrase. Click on the image or the link at the side of the page to download the PDF file.

 

Common scenarios for making requests conversation exercises

Making polite requests (PDF)

8  Invitations : refusing and making excuses

 

  This is a speaking skills exercise and worksheet  to help English language learners  practice making invitations and giving excuses.  Students match the excuses to the pictures and then have short  conversations using the model on the handout.

Invitations:refusing and making excuses

Invitations: refusing and making excuses (PDF)

9 Classroom requests & queries (with answers)

This  elementary exercise focuses on common classroom requests.

classroom requests worksheet

Classroom requests (PDF)

10  Hotel dialogues: making requests exercise

 This is an hotel dialogues exercise focusing on common conversational exchanges between hotel staff and guests.

Asking for information hotel dialogues

Hotel dialogues: making requests (PDF)

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