ESL activities – professions & indirect questions

professions & indirect questions
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Aim To practise indirect questions, asking for information and professions.
Activity Students roleplay situations.
Organisation Whole class
Preparation Copy enough pairs of cards for the number of pairs in your class.
What do I do? 1. Divide students into two groups. Give each student in one group a “profession” card and each student in the other group a problem card.
2. Sit students with “job” cards around the room, in their shops.
3. Students with “problem” cards must go from shop to shop, asking (indirect) questions until they find someone who can help them with their problem.
4. When students have found the person who can help, they should continue asking questions to get the information on their card.
5. Pairs repeat their roleplays for the class.

You are a plumber
$50 / hour
$20 call out charge
24 hour service

Your toilet is blocked. Find help!
How much will it cost?
When will they repair it?

You are a dry cleaner
$10 for a suit
$4 for a shirt
1 hour service

Your suit and 2 shirts need cleaning for a wedding. Find help!
How much will it cost?
How long will it take?

You are an electrician
$40 / hour
24 hour service

You arrive home from holiday and have no electricity. Find help!
How much will it cost?
When will they repair it?

You are a mechanic
$30 call out charge
Open from 8:00am – 6:00pm

Your car won’t start. It’s 8:00pm. Find help!
How much will it cost?
When will they repair it?

You are a dentist
$40 for a consultation
Open from 8:30am – 6:30pm
No more appointments today!

Your son has a bad toothache… find help!
How much will it cost?
When can he have an appointment?

You are a locksmith
$2 for key copying
Immediate service

You want to make a copy of your house key for your girl/boyfriend… find help!
How much will it cost?
How long will it take?

professions & indirect questions
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