How to Give Directions in English

How to Give Directions in English

How to Ask for and Give Directions in English

Learn how to ask for and give directions in English with this helpful guide

How to Ask for Directions in English

These are some common expressions to ask for directions in English

  1. How do I get to the police station
  2. What’s the best way to get to the supermarket?
  3. Where is the church?
  4. Could you tell me where the shoe store is?
  5. Do you know where the post office is?
  6. Where can I find the nearest bakery?
  7. Is there a  shop around here?

How to Give Directions in English

These are some common vocabulary to give directions in English

Go straight on Turn back
It is this wayIt is that way
Go under the bridgeGo over the bridge
Go backTurn left
Turn RightGo along
CrossTake the first road on the right
OppositeTake the second road on the left
Next toBetween
At the endBehind
In front of Just around the corner

Giving Directions in English: Examples

  1. The bank is on the main street.
  2. The hospital is around the corner.
  3. Go North for two blocks.
  4. The Supermarket is on the main avenue.
  5. Walk straight for two miles.
  6. Drive for three kilometers
  7. The school is between the park and the bank
  8. Cross the street
  9. Get to the supermarket
  10. The hotel is in front of the schoo

Examples of Giving Directions in English

A.Go straight on. Then take the first left on to Green Street. Walk past the library and it’s the building next to the library on the left. 

B.Go straight on. Go past the traffic lights. You will see a shop on the right. Go past that and it’s on the right next to the shop.  

C.Go straight on. Go past the traffic lights and go straight on until you get to the roundabout. At the roundabout turn left. Go past the theatre. It’s the building next to the theatre, opposite the hospital.  

Describir mi Ciudad en Inglés

How to Ask and Give Directions in English

Warm-up Activity

  1. Students play a bingo in their smartphones with the vocabulary of the previous lesson and  the current lesson (M-Learning)


  1. Teacher starts the class by  introducing the vocabulary about the lesson using this video  and writing down the vocabulary that they find useful
  1. Students are given two dialogues so they can listen and fill in the blanks. (30 Mins) then students practice a dialogue with a partner.
  1. Students are  given a short map and they have to listen for four directions and identify the place where people would get following such directions  then  they have to give other directions using the same map (30 minutes)
  1. Students are given an unscrambled conversation and they have to arrange the conversations, once they have finished arranging the conversation, they have to practice the conversation with a partner.


  1. Students make a conversation about giving directions in Liberia, they have to record the conversation and  then they have to make two questions to their partners. ( 15 Minutes)


  1. Students are sent two links (link#1 and Link #2)they have to fill in the blanks faster listening to the recording  (M-Learning)


  1. Resource for pre-task activity #1
  2. Resource for pre-task activity # 2A
  3. Resource for pre-task activity # 2B
  4. Resource for pre-task activity #3
  5. Resource for pre-task activity #4
  6. Resource for the Post- Task



  • Identifying and noting main points and personal responses.
  • Responding to language spoken at near normal speed in everyday circumstances.


  • Asking and responding to questions in less predictable situations.

Functions and Language

Places around Town

  • Drugstore
  • Supermarket
  • Hospital
  • Court


  • Where’s the  post Office?
  • Where is the SuperMarket


  • It is in front of.
  • It is next to
  • It is across from


  • Asking for, following and giving directions
  • Reading maps.



Teacher checks attendance and reviews with students the objectives of the class

Warm up:

Teacher plays hangman with learners using the site

T. asks learner one by one to say a letter from the alphabet with the option to say the word aloud if they think they know it.

The Hangman game is made up of five words:

  • Drugstore
  • Court
  • Next
  • Between
  • Shop


Task #1

  1. Teacher introduces 15 most common places that you can find around town using a Powerpoint Presentation with images.
  2. Teache sends a PDF file with the places to student mobile devices using whatsapp
  3. Teacher write a questions in the whiteboard.
  4. What’s this?
  5. Students are invited to stand up and quiz their classmates using the presentation about places around town for five minutes.


Task #1

Teacher writes on the whiteboard the most comon five prepositions to give directions

  • Between
  • Across from
  • Next to
  • In front
  • Behind

Teacher writes five questions and ask students to listen for the directions that are given for each one of the places

  • Where is the bank?
  • Where is the supermarket?
  • Where is the post office?
  • Where is the police station?
  • Where is the school?

Once student have listened the short recording, they review their answers with their peers.

Finally Teacher invites students to ask those same five questions to their classmates so they can provide true details about their communities.

Task #2

  1. Teacher indicates learners to make 5 groups
  2. Teacher give students maps with different places around town. Every map is different.
  3. Students practice in groups asking and answering questions about places around town.

For example

  • Where is the bank?
  • The bank is next to the library

Task #3

Teacher writes on the board the expressions:

  • There is a restaurant
  • There are two banks
  • Using the examples from the whiteboard. Learners write sentences describing their cities  and towns.
  • Once they are ready, they have to speak to 6 classmates about what people can find in their cities or towns.


Teachers shows a video about places around town.

  • Students watch the video and are asked to create something similar  and record it using their mobile devices.
  • They send the video to the teacher so he /she can assess their use of grammar.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Exchange of information in a given context.
  • Comprehension of text while/after listening.
  • Production of short dialogues or passages
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