Season 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.

Learning to talk about the seasons can be a powerful aspect of learning to communicate in English. This lesson gives you some questions that will get your students talking and listening.

Why Ask Season Questions?

Many ESL students are eager to practice talking and listening in English, but they might simply not know where to begin. As a teacher, you want to provide your students with conversational topics that are simple enough to be accessible, yet complex enough to grab students' interest and attention. One interesting topic for many ESL students is the seasons. Talking about the seasons gives your students a chance to describe what they like and do not like about the world around them, offering a slightly different spin on describing themselves and their interests.

Seasons can be an especially interesting topic for ESL students, since many of them may come from places where they experienced seasons very differently from how they experience them in the United States. Teaching your students to talk about the seasons also gives you an opportunity to introduce particular vocabulary for describing each of the seasons. The questions in this lesson will get your students talking and listening to one another. It's fine if you want to pose the questions yourself, or you can also let students ask one another these questions and even add their own queries to the list.

Questions About the Seasons

Questions About Fall

  • What is your favorite thing about the fall? What do you love to look at, smell, hear, or taste in the fall?
  • What is your least favorite thing about the fall? Why do you dislike this specific thing?
  • What time of year do you consider to be fall? Does fall come at the same time in the United States that it did in your home country?
  • What foods do you connect with fall, and why? What is your favorite fall food, and what is your least favorite fall food?
  • What outdoor activities do you associate with fall? Describe a particular time that you have done one of these activities. Why is this activity specific to fall?
  • What are some of the holidays you like to celebrate in the fall? How does your family mark these holidays? What do you like and dislike about them, and why are they important?

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