Making And Refusing Invitation


Students will be able to extend and accept/refuse invitations by speaking to as many partners as possible using cards.


Whole class: speaking

Mill drill


20 minutes or more depending on the number of students


Checking Availability

Are you free … (tonight)?

Do you have a plan for … (next Sunday)?

What are you doing … (tomorrow morning)?

What are you up to … (at weekend)?

Making Invitations

Let’s … (go shopping tonight).

How about … (going shopping next Sunday)?

Why don’t we … (go shopping tomorrow morning)?

Would you like … (to go shopping at weekend)?

Accepting Invitations

That’s a great idea.

Good idea.

Sure. Why not?


Sounds good.

Sounds great.

Sounds like fun.

Refusing invitations

Sorry, I can’t. I have a meeting.

I’d love to, but I have other plans.

I’ll take a rain check.

Unfortunately, I’m busy.

I’ll pass up that one.


Make a copy of the worksheet and cut it out into pieces so that the students have one card each. You will also need to keep one card for yourself to demonstrate the activity.



  1. Explain the way to extend invitations to students (checking availability -> extending invitation -> accepting/refusing invitations). You can also lead students to say the expressions with correct pronunciation and intonation.
  2. Give one card to each student in the class. Keep one for yourself.
  3. Divide the students into two groups. Have them stand in two lines facing one another.
  4. Tell the students that they are about to extend invitation to their partners in front of them and their partners will accept/refuse the invitation.
  5. Ask every individual student to fold the card so that one side of the card is facing them and the other side containing “sounds great”, “that’s a great idea”, “cool”, and etc. is facing their partner. Their partner will say it to respond the invitation.
  6. Demonstrate the activity with an individual student.
  7. Let each student do the activity with their friend in front of them. As each student is finished practicing with a friend in front of them, ask them to move around clockwise by saying “move!” so that each student is facing a new partner. Have them practice the expressions again. This activity continues until each student practices with all of their friends in the class.
  8. To get the students exposed to all expressions taught, you can redo procedure no.7, but this time ask the students to turn around their cards so that the side of card containing “sounds great”, “that’s a great idea”, “cool”, and etc is facing them; not their partners.

Note: To personalize your teaching, it’s better to change the names of place in the card with the ones which are familiar to your students. Have a try! Cy…



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