Questions About Robots for ESL Students

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

As ESL (English as a Second Language) students gain the ability to discuss more complex or abstract topics, it's important for them to feel both confident and competent. In this lesson, teachers are provided with robot-related questions specifically designed for use with ESL learners.

Robot Talk

Robots are not a common topic for most ESL (English as a Second Language) learners. However, as students develop their language skills, it's important for them to learn how to discuss topics or issues they may be unfamiliar with. There's a huge difference between simply reciting English vocabulary and phrases and actively engaging with the language on an improvisational level.

The questions in this lesson are divided by level, so be sure to choose questions that are appropriate for the level of your learners. You can also challenge students with questions that require in depth thought and preparation. Basically, there are three ways you can use this questions.

  1. Pair students and allow them to ask and answer questions with each other. If you use this method, be sure to mix up the pairings every few minutes so that students can hear different voices and opinions.
  2. Distribute the questions to students individually and allow them to study the question and prepare and rehearse an answer. You can then ask for volunteers to share their responses to the class. This is also a great way to hear different opinions on the same question.
  3. Use the questions as an assessment tool in one-on-one conversations as a way to gauge student understanding of the material you have covered in class.

Before using the questions below, it can be helpful to read them aloud so that students can hear the correct pronunciation of unfamiliar words. Also, encourage students to keep a list of and look up new words they come across so that these words can be reviewed and practiced.

Easy Robot Questions

  1. What is a robot?
  2. How can robots help humans?
  3. What are some TV shows or movies about robots?
  4. Could robots ever be smarter than humans?
  5. Have you ever had a robot toy? If so, please describe it.
  6. Would you like to have a robot pet?
  7. Some restaurants have started using robot servers. Would you go to this type of restaurant?
  8. How can robots be used to help students?

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