This is an activity to practice various ways of making offers and requests.
First go over the language on the handout for making offers and requests then cut up the situation cards and have students role-play them, simple as that. Here are the handouts:
Making Offers and Requests
It is common that English speakers make offers in conversations in order to be polite and helpful. When they do so they use these expressions:
Can I… ?
Shall I… ?
Would you like … ?
How about …?
English learner must be able to make offers as well as accept or reject them. The following are useful expressions to do so.
|Shall||get you some juice?|
|Would you like||a glass of water ?|
|How about||some pizza?|
· “Can I help you?”
· “Shall I open the window for you?”
· “Would you like another cup of coffee?”
· “Would you like me to clean the board?”
· “How about a juice? “
· Shall, can and will are followed by the verb without to.
· Shall is more formal than can.
· Would you like… is followed either by a noun, or by the verb with to.
Responding to offers
|Yes please. I’d like to.
That would be very kind of you.
Yes please, that would be lovely.
Yes please, I’d love to.
If you wouldn’t mind.
If you could.
Thank you, that would be great.
|It’s OK, I can do it myself.
Don’t worry, I’ll do it.
No, thank you
|· “Can I help you?”
“No thanks, I’m just having a look.” (With a shop assistant.)
· “Can I help you?”
· “Shall I help you with your maths problem?”
· “Would you like a cup of tea?”
|· “Would you like another piece of cake?”
“Yes please, that would be nice .”
“Yes please, I’d love one.”
· “Would you like me to do the the ironing for you?”
· “I’ll do the washing, if you like.”
Asking others to do things – making requests
|Asking||Saying Yes||Saying No|
|Can you…?||Yes, sure.||Well, I’m afraid + reason|
Is it all right if you…?
Do you think you could…?
|Yes, of course.
|Well, the problem is
|Do you mind -ing…?
Would you mind -ing…?
|No, not at all.
Of course not.
Offers and Requests Situations
|You have just broken your leg. You have to stay in bed for 2 months. You have 3 children and 2 dogs. Ask your friends for help.||You have to go away for the weekend for a business trip. You have lots of plants in your house and 3 cats.||Your house is in a bad state: the walls need painting, one window is broken and the front door doesn’t close properly. You have no money for repairs. Ask your friends for help.|
|You have an important job interview tomorrow morning but your car is at the mechanics being fixed. You also need to take your children to school at the same time as the interview.||You are organising a cocktail dinner party but you can’t cook or make cocktails and you don’t have any CDs or records to play.||You had a big party last night and your house is a complete mess, the carpet is stained with red wine, all the dishes are dirty, there are cans and bottles everywhere and the toilet is broken. Ask your friends (who were also at the party) for help.|
|You are a little old lady. You have just been to the supermarket, you are carrying a lot of heavy bags and you want to cross the road. Ask a group of teenagers for help.||You are in an expensive restaurant with friends. There is a group of loud football players at the table next to you singing and shouting. The restaurant is also too cold and smells bad. Ask the waiter for help.||You had an accident at work and you have to wear two patches over your eyes for 2 weeks. Ask your friends for help with your daily activities.|
|You are moving house. You have to transport everything in your old house to your new one. You don’t have a van, ask your friends for help.||You have a new boss at work. You want to impress him/her because you want a promotion. Offer to do some extra work.||You are an old man, you have come to visit your children, you have arthritis and you need help with lots of things.|
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