Being Polite ESL Games, Worksheets and Activities

So Polite!

ESL Politeness Game - Reading, Listening, Speaking and Miming Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this being polite game, students make polite requests with Could you..., please? and respond with thank you and you're welcome. In groups, students take it in turns to pick up a card and change the command on the card into a polite request starting with Could you and ending with please, e.g. 'Could you tell me your name, please?' The other group members then race to do or mime the requested action. The student who made the request responds by saying 'Thank you' to the first student to do the action correctly. That student wins the round, keeps the card, and replies with 'You're welcome'. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Ask Me Nicely

ESL Polite Requests Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this being polite game, students compete against each other to come up with polite requests for various situations. In groups, students take turns picking up a card and reading the situation on the card to the other students. The other students then race to make a polite request. This can be done verbally, or you can have the students race to write down a suitable request. The first student to make an appropriate polite request for the situation wins and keeps the card. Students must use a different polite request phrase each round, so if a winning request was made with Could you...?, on the next round, students would use a different phrase, e.g. Do you mind -ing...? The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.
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Levels of Politeness

ESL Politeness Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This being polite worksheet helps students develop a sense of how to achieve different levels of politeness in various situations. First, students group variations of the request 'Open the window' according to the approximate level of politeness. After that, students find examples of different politeness strategies in the requests from the first exercise. Next, students complete polite request frames with their own ideas and share their answers with the class. Students then move on to rewrite requests to make them more polite and appropriate for each situation. Finally, students write requests that are appropriate for different situations.
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