Retirement Questions for ESL Students

Instructor: Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

Retirement is a topic that can engage students either because they know someone who is retired, has plans for retirement, or dreams about their retirement. This lesson gives you questions about retirement for a variety of ESL students.

Retirement in Two Questions

To get your students engaged in active participation, you can ask them two basic questions about retirement.

The first question is: what is retirement? This question gets students practicing how to define concepts in their own words.

The second question is: why do you think retirement is called 'the golden years?' This question requires students' reasoning.

Afterwards, you could give your students your own answers. For example, 'Retirement is a time when people get to rest after many years of work. I think retirement is called 'the golden years' because it is a precious time in a person's life.'

If you share your own answers with your students, you model correct sentences plus students get to think about your answers. In addition, students feel more connected to you as an instructor because they see you participating along with them.

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