Modals for Probability, Possibility and Advice Listening/Speaking Exercises

1 Modals for advice (with audio and answers)

This exercise focuses on modals for advice. It also includes answers and audio. English language learners  practice listening to and using modals including “must”, “have to”, “should”, “need to”, “ought to” and “had better”.  Students write the problems and  advice under each picture. The audio can be used as a listening activity or a reviewing  and comparing answers exercise after students have tried to guess the problems and and advice for each picture.

Modals for giving advice listening/speaking exercise

Modals for advice (PDF)

  Modals for advice  (audio mp3)

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2 Modals for probability and possibility

This exercise focuses on modals for probability and possibility. It also includes answers and audio.

Modals for probability and possibility exercise

Modals for probability and possibility (PDF)

   Modals for probability and possibility (audio)

3 Travel advice: modals for prohibition & obligation

 This is a  grammar, vocabulary and speaking  exercise and worksheet  for English language learners  that encourages them to use modal verbs.  This exercise begins with a brainstorm exercise about the do’s and don’ts of travel. Students then match the vocabulary to the pictures. Finally, they can complete the travel advice questionnaire at the bottom themselves or they can interview a classmate. 

Modals for prohibition and obligation when traveling exercise.

Modals for  travel (PDF)

4 Giving Advice Speaking Activity

  This is an ESL   speaking and writing lesson  for talking about problems and giving advice. First, students complete five survey questions asking for advice about problems of their choosing. There are some examples of  questions at the top of the page. When they have written five questions , they can walk around the class asking  classmates their questions and noting down their answers on the worksheet. Finally, they write a short report from their survey  question answers. This is a fun communicative exercise that allows students to mix freely. 

Modals for giving advice survey and speaking activity

Modals for giving advice survey template (PDF)

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