ESL Road Signs Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, ESL students will be exposed to numerous road signs that are commonly found in the United States. They will learn to identify them by sight, and practice discussing the appropriate responses in English.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify common road signs by sight
  • Describe the meanings of common road signs
  • Describe the appropriate response to common road signs


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Road sign
  • Yield
  • Merge
  • Stop
  • Shoulder
  • Traffic
  • Warning
  • Mandatory
  • Construction
  • Speed Limit


  • Stacks of flashcards with images of real road signs or shaped and decorated like road signs (enough for each pair).
  • Signs that should be included:
    • Stop
    • Yield
    • Do Not Enter
    • No Parking
    • Curvy Road Ahead
    • Dead End/ No Outlet
    • Left Turn Ahead
    • Merging Traffic
    • Deer Crossing
    • Slippery When Wet
    • Low Clearance
    • Lane Ends
    • Railroad Crossing
    • Construction Workers/Work Zone
    • Shoulder Closed
    • Detour
    • Turn Only Lane
    • One Way
    • Speed Limit 55
    • Speed Limit 25
    • Speed Limit 75

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