Lesson Plan for Asking for Permission
Many times, hotel staff will find themselves in situations where they will have to take some action that will
effect the guest. In these cases, the staff should politely ask the guest for their permission before taking any
action. The guest may also ask permission to do something. It is only polite to ask for their permission before
doing so. There are several expressions that can use used for asking for permissions. Look at the expressions
Expressions Used When Asking for Permission
To ask permission Possible responses
Is it OK if . . . I really wish you wouldn’t.
Do you mind if . . . No, I don’t mind. Go ahead
May I . . . Sure, no problem.
Would it be a problem if . . . No problem at all
Would it be OK if . . . No, please don’t
I would prefer that you didn’t.
Dialogue about Asking for Permission
Staff: May I pour you more wine, ma’am?
Staff: Do you mind if I clean the room now, sir?
Guest: Actually, would it be possible for you to come back in half an hour?
Staff: No problem, ma’am.
Guest: May I borrow you pen.
Staff: Absolutely sir, here you go.
Guest: Would it be a problem if I left my luggage here for a few minutes?
Staff: No problem at all, sir. I’ll, keep on eye on it.
Staff: Is it OK if I make a copy of your passport?
Guest: Sure, whatever you need.
Group Activity- Asking for Permission: A Skit
Divide the class into groups of 2 or 3. Students work together to develop a skit that is grammatically
correct about guests asking for permission to do something . The request should be denied and the
reasons given. The guest should continue to try to convince the staff that their request should be
granted. Once the skit is developed, students present it to the teacher and the rest of class. The teacher
judges the skit based on grammar and language use, originality, and acting ability.
Other links for Permission
For more ideas about teaching in the hotel industry take a look at
English expressions to ask for permission- Hotel-tefl.com