Lesson Plan for Giving Directions


As happens in strange and new places, people get disoriented and may need help finding their way, so
guests may frequently ask you for directions. They may ask directions to a restaurant in the hotel complex,
the nearest restroom, or a nearby historical site. There are a multitude of expressions that are used when
asking for and giving directions. Look at the examples below.

Expressions Used for Giving Directions

Asking for directions
Could you tell me how to get to (… the pool)?
How do I find (…StarBucks Coffee Shop)?
Pardon me, I’m lost, how do I get to the (…the main lobby)?
Which is the best route to (…Phuket Town)?
Could you direct me to (…the beach)?
Which way do I go to get to (…the hospital)?

Giving directions
Take this passageway                             Go up/down the steps
On your right/left                                      Turn right/left
Take the elevator                                     It’s on the third floor
Follow this path                                        Turn right/left at the corridor
It’s about 50 meters                                  Go above 3 kilometers
Cross the street                                        It’s on your right/left
It’s in the middle of the block                     It’s on the corner
Drive south on 4233
It’s next to   /   across from   /   between   /   in front of
Drive to Jackson street and turn left/right

Dialogue on Giving Directions

Guest: Could you tell me how to get to the Spa?
Staff: Take this passage-way and go down the steps on your right. At the bottom of the steps there is a wooden    bridge. Go over the bridge and turn right. Follow the path until you get to the Spa. It’s about 40 meters from the    bridge.

Guest: How do I find the Thai Thai restaurant?
Staff: Just follow the pathway to the left of the reception desk in the Andaman lobby. The walk-way will take you    directly to the Thai Thai Restaurant.

Guest: Which way do I go to get to the beach?
Staff: From the Bell Desk in the Andaman Lobby, turn left and follow the path on the right and go past the pond    and up the steps. From there, walk straight across the beach road, the beach will be righ in front of you.

Guest: Pardon me, I’m lost, how do I get to the gym?
Staff: From the main lobby, walk away from the beach and take the first staircase on your right down. The    staircase is next to the portrait center. The gym is on your right at the bottom of the stairs.

Guest: Which is the best route to the Phuket City?
Staff: Get on the road to Patong and drive north on the 4233. At the end of the beach road in Patong, turn right on    the 4029 and drive east. Take the 4029 about 4 kilometers and turn right on the 4020. That road will take you to  Phuket city.

Using the map below, work with a partner and ask for directions to places on the map.

Other links for Directions

How to Give Directions
Video- Giving Directions
Activity- Following directions
Other Activities: Instructions


For more ideas about teaching in the hotel industry take a look at

Hotel and Resort English

Asking for and giving directions in English- Hotel-tefl.com