Lesson Plan for Invitations


When friends get together, they usually do so by an invitation from one person to another. An invitation may be very casual, such as asking a friend to go out for a drink or dinner after work or to go to an event (concert, basketball games, etc.) that both like.  More formal invitations, such as wedding invitations, are usually written and may require an RSVP (French abbreviation répondez s’il vous plaît meaning please reply). There are several expressions that can be used when extending the more common and causal oral invitations. Look at the samples below.

English Expressions Used to Extend Invitations

Expression: Do you want to go to ( … the movies with me)?
Accept: OK, what’s playing?
Decline: No thanks, I don’t really like going to the moview.

Expression: Would you like to go to ( … the zoo with me on Saturday)?
Accept: That sounds good, thanks.
Decline: I can’t, I have to work.

Expression: How about going with me ( … for a drink after work)?
Accept: Sure, where should we go?
Decline: Sorry, but I’ve already made other plans.

Expression: I’d like to invite you to ( … the dance this weekend)?
Accept: How kind of you to ask, I’d be delighted.
Decline: I’m sorry, but I have a previous engagement.

Expression: Are you free (… Saturaday afternoon)?
Accept: Sure, what did you have in mind?
Decline: I would like to but I have to help my father paint the garage.


Other Links for Invitation
XX Phrases for Invitation
XX Invitations Lesson Plan
XX Making Invitations


To find conversation activities for extending invitations and
dialogues about invitations take a look at:

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