Birthday 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.

Talking about birthdays can be a great way to get your students' conversational skills going! This lesson offers some questions that will prompt discussion.

Why Questions About Birthdays?

Have you ever stalled out in your attempts do get your students talking? For those students who are learning English as a second language, one of the best ways to practice their skills is simply by engaging in authentic discussion. Yet, this is, of course, impossible to do if students do not have enough to talk about! One thing that is bound to get your students talking is a conversation about birthdays. Almost everyone loves talking about birthdays, family birthday traditions, and what it feels like to be the center of attention on a birthday. Using specific discussion questions will help your students engage with one another and exercise their listening and speaking skills. The questions in this lesson can be used to prompt further conversation or to begin a new topic of discussion. You can pose these questions or, better still, have students ask them to each other. Modify these questions to meet the needs, ages and interests of the students in your class.

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