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”.
In any case, 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.
How to make an espresso
Many of my classes involved working with science teachers. This particular activity was a very 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.
This is a great team building activity. It starts off 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. There are lots of great variations and as always, clear instructions are included.