Ability Questions for ESL Students

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

One of the best ways to boost your students' language is to engage them in interesting conversations. This lesson offers you some questions about ability to help get your students talking.

Why Ask Questions About Ability?

Are you a teacher who works with ESL students? If so, then you understand how important it is to get your students talking and listening to one another. Of course, you can get basic conversations going pretty easily, but, at a certain point, you want to get past superficial topics with your students and really give them a chance to think critically while using their English vocabulary. One topic that can be great to get students talking and thinking is that of ability. When students think about ability, they are really thinking about their own strengths and weaknesses and those of others they know.

A conversation about ability is an important part of a broader conversation about diversity or pluralism, and students may learn interesting things from listening to other people's perspectives on ability. You can use the questions in this lesson to catalyze conversations among your students. It is fine if you want to pose the questions yourself, or you can also encourage students to ask these questions of one another and even add to the list!

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