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Transportation and Reading Traffic Signs

by Diana C. Cooper, PhD | 04 Sep 2018
Resource Description: This lesson is designed for adult beginning or Intermediate English learners learning about transportation life skills and road signs.

Textbook: Future 1: English for Results, D. S. Pittaway, 2010, Pearson/Longman.  Unit 10, Lesson 1., pp. 186 - 187, and  Lesson 4: Forms of transportation and traffic signs, pp. 191 -192

Audience: Adult
Audience Language Proficiency: Beginner, Intermediate
Duration: 1 - 1.25 hours
Language Skill: Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary
Content Area: English for the specific purpose of learning life skills in the area of transportation and safety while driving around the neighborhood.
Materials and Technology: Create a table on white board with list of types of transportation. Make a grid to show who (which students) takes what kinds of transportation to school, work, the store, etc. Then draw road signs or create handout of them from magazines or clipart or stop sign, yield, sign, no U turn, etc. Create a bingo game with transportation and road sign vocabulary.
Objective(s): Transportation  

Life skill: identify modes of transit, names of community destinations; addresses; public safety laws; signs; know how to interact with police for violation of signs


Learning Objectives:

Literacy: recognize and write transportation words and signage including stop, caution, yield, walk, drive, and wait for the bus; Vehicle registration and insurance; Driver's license/ID.

Listening/speaking: Ask and respond to basic questions about transportation. Examples: How do you get to school? What do you do when you see this sign?



Lesson 1

1. Greeting and ask how did you get to school today? (10 minutes)

            Each student responds to teacher and then in pairs.

2. Lesson 4 - p. 191, What other types of transportation do students use? (10-15  min.)

  • Practice the vocabulary for all types of transportation - write on board verbs used for various types of transit - with drawing of bike, taxi, car, bus, etc.
  • In pairs, write down two sentences on driving, riding a bike, or taking a taxi.
  • Review verbs for different means of transportation by asking each student to read their sentences. Practice pronunciation.
  • Make a chart on the white board with columns for each student and rows with means of transit. Check off which students use different means of transport. 

3. Lesson 4, continued, p. 192, Traffic Signs, distribute handout - photos traffic signs

      (15 - 25 min)

  • Instructor states the name of each traffic sign, students repeat as a group and then individually. Allow time for questions about meaning of signs.
  • Ask what other signs students see around town - instructor writes on white board: Do not pass, pedestrian crosswalk and discusses why it is important to obey the rules (crosswalk laws are very strict for cars to allow people to walk across the street while pedestrians might get a ticket for NOT walking in a crosswalk when they cross a busy street) - Lively discussion will ensue.
  • Discuss these rules or lack of rules in each student's home country
  • Listen to  CD4 T8 on traffic signs - students write down what they hear
  • Talk about experience with police - any violations
  • Activity = Bingo with traffic signs/ bus stop signs/pedestrian signs
Assessment: We played bingo and each student practiced telling the class what road signs they saw in their neighborhood and what means of transportation they use to get to the store, school, etc. The assessment is the instructor observing each student's ability to form sentences about transportation and show understanding of road signage.

This session can be followed with asking students what they would do/have done if stopped by a police officer in violation of a traffic sign. This extension builds upon knowledge and vocabulary regarding types of transportation and road signs as well as knowing how to obey them. Also, students learn about vehicle registration, identification and cultural norms in dealing with police officers in (my case) the U.S. compared to heir native country.


Textbook: Future 1: English for Results, D. S. Pittaway, 2010, Pearson/Longman.

Unit 10 Lesson 1: Places around town, review names of places students commonly visit, pp. 186 - 187, Lesson 4: Forms of transportation and traffic signs, pp. 191 -192 Appendix has some potential fill-in-the-blank sentence sheets for handouts


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