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Permission / prohibition


The following ESL resources are available for Permission / prohibition:

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Obligation and permission questions matching
Students match beginnings and ends of sentences (questions) relating to obligation and permission and then ask each other the questions.


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Jobs - obligation and permission
Students complete job cards by writing sentences using have to / don't have to / can and can't for a number of jobs. They then read these out to another group who have to guess the job. (18 cards)


Permission and requests quiz (173)
Twelve-question multiple choice quiz focusing on degrees of politeness: Could you.../I don't suppose you could... etc.



General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate 

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
Unit 16 Review 2  Page 137 
Quiz: rules, taboos etc around the world
New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book 

Sarah Cunningham   Peter Moore   
Module 3 At rest, at work  Page 27 
can can't have to don't have to
Module 3 At rest, at work  Page 30 
Gapped dialogues

Photocopiable resource books

Intermediate Communication Games book cover 

Intermediate Communication Games 

Jill Hadfield   
20 - Parent power  Page 20 
Fill in questionnaires ubout upbrining. Find out who had the strictest.

Grammar books with exercises

Developing Grammar in Context book cover 

Developing Grammar in Context 

Mark Nettle   Diana Hopkins   
39 Requests, permission and offers  Pages 233 - 238

Speaking / listening skills books

Real Listening & Speaking 3 book cover 

Real Listening & Speaking 3 

Miles Craven   
Unit 3 I'm looking for a flat  Page 20 
Tenant / Landlord dialogue. (Tenant wants to make changes to flat.}

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  book cover 

Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  

Sue Kay   
26 My ideal world  Page 26 
Students complete statements about their ideal world beginning (person) must... e.g. 'A good friend must...' Then compare with others
28 Written and unwritten rules around the world  Page 29 
Students have to decide whether various statements about what people can and can't do in various parts of the world are true or false. e.g. In England you can't leave school until you are 16.
30 Would you mind?  Page 30 
Twelve cue cards with picture and prompt 'close the window' etc. Tick or cross on back of card. Students mill, make request etc. Response depends on cross or tick.
Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
10a & b Alphabet game  Page 10 
Ss must take a card and say a word according to the instructions on the card.
9 - 12a When we were ten  Pages 9 - 12
Find out how many people... (had to wear school uniform etc.)

ESL lesson plans

How Donald Trump Got Rich: A Tale of Three Trumps

US Election ESL worksheet 1 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 2 Donald Trump worksheet 3 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 4 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 5 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 6
B1 / B2 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; role play Vocabulary: business and economics

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for B1/B2 (PDF)
C1 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; Grammar: participle clauses

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for C1 (PDF)

US Election Special 2016

US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: discussing elections and issues.

Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)

Wear high heels or go home: gender discrimination at work

Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.

Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
Download English grammar notes: comparison with as...as (PDF)