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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.  

How to Ask and Give Directions

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
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