On the road

On the road

Lesson overview

In this Intermediate ESL lesson, the student will learn how to hire a car, talk about car parts and common car problems, as well as how to give and follow instructions and get around. The grammar part focuses on the distinction between will and going to.



In the first part of the lesson, the student learns about phrases related to hiring cars by matching halves of each phrase (e.g. breakdown cover, full tank, rental agreement, etc.), after which they practice using them by completing the missing words and discussing their experience with hiring a rental car.


Vocabulary: car parts

The student learns the names of car parts by matching them with the picture (e.g. headlights, wheels, windscreen wipers, etc.). Then, they learn about the most common car problems through a matching exercise (e.g. dented bonnet, boot won’t open, cracked headlights, etc.).


Grammar: will vs. going to

After being introduced to the differences between the use of will  and going to, the student fills in the gaps in a conversation by using these two future forms.


Vocabulary: getting around and giving directions

In this part of the lesson, the student learns about positions (e.g. opposite, next to, on the left, on the corner) and directions (e.g. Take the second left) by matching them with the correct pictures.

The knowledge is then put into practice in a reading exercise, in which the student follows directions and draws lines on the map to get to the final destination.


Audio and video: following directions and paying attention

In the audio part, the student is shown a map on which they find different places by following the speakers’ directions.

In the video part, they watch a Brain Games test of abilities of paying attention, where two tourists ask a student for directions. The student listens and tries to find a way to the museum themselves. But getting around isn’t what this video is really about. 🙂

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