Writing Directions
"The filling station is two miles ahead, on the right hand side, immediately after the supermarket." This is an example of giving clear directions.

Writing Directions

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English writing and speaking to inform: at your local station you are asked to give a set of directions to the hospital (three miles away) to visitors on foot. They ask the following questions; answer them to create your sequenced instruction list.

See if you can help the visitors to find the hospital by playing this quiz.

1.
Where are we exactly?
At the bus station
At the train station
At the train station at the southern end of the high street
On the platform
2.
How far away are we from the hospital?
A long way
A mile
Half an hour
Three miles
We are three miles away from the hospital
3.
How long will it take us to reach the hospital on foot?
All day
It is impossible by foot
Nearly an hour, but when does visiting time end
Two minutes
4.
Visiting time ends in two hours. Can we catch a bus?
Bus number 10 goes every 5 minutes from the highway
No busses
The next bus goes in two hours time
Yes
Number 10 goes every 5 minutes from the highway
5.
Does it go right to the hospital please?
I don't know
I'm not sure, ask the driver
No, ask for hospital corner and then you must walk
No, it goes to the next town instead
6.
When we get off the bus how do we find the hospital?
Ask for help
Ask the driver
There will be a gasoline station on your left, take that road
Turn right and walk into the forest for the afternoon
7.
Will we be able to see the hospital from there?
Maybe
No
No, you need to walk to the end of the road and turn right
Yes
You need to walk to the end of the road and turn right
8.
And then?
Catch a bus back
Catch a train back
Go home again
You will see the hospital at the end of the road
9.
Will the busses still be running after visiting hours?
Ask in the gasoline station
No idea
Until 9.30; the busses are timed to connect with the trains
Yes but you might have to wait for a train
10.
Thank you for your clear directions!
Goodbye
Hooray
Oh dear
You're welcome! I hope you find the hospital
Author:  Sue Daish

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