Functional English

Functional English is often the most practical. Think of it as the “how to” of communication. It can be as simple as “how to say thank you” or as involved as “how to give a presentation”.

The worksheets on this page are designed to practice some functional English situations we frequently encounter. 

Many of these worksheets and targets grew out of individual classes and needs my students faced. As such, the level and language might not match all groups. Feel free to get in touch with ideas, feedback and requests for the kinds of functional language you’d like to see here. 





Making Complaints

Apartment Problems

Agreeing / Disagreeing



Describing People

Reporting a Crime

Ordering in Restaurants

Shopping Lists

Talking on the Phone

Describing places

Describing Things

Giving Advice

Giving Directions

Telling Time

Giving Instructions

This particular activity is a fun way of setting up clear instructions on how to perform an experiment. You have to give clear, step-by-step instructions, warnings, and talk about amounts. When it’s all done, you get to drink some amazing coffee. 

Travel Times

This worksheet gives students an opportunity to practice talking about travel times related to buses, trains, and flights. It’s a simple role play that challenges students to get the departure and arrival times correct. 

Visiting a doctor

When talking about sickness and injury, there is a lot of vocabulary involved. Fortunately, most of the language, the sentences and phrases to describe what’s wrong, is fairly simple. After all, the sick or injured person should be able to communicate in the easiest way possible. 

Awesome Job

This team building activity starts with lots of sample language for encouraging one another and puts it in context. The challenge comes when students guide one another through a simple course with only their partners voice to guide them. 

Introducing Others

This worksheet includes a simple wall sheet that shows various ways to introduce people to one another ranked from easiest to hardest making it a good reminder for any class.