Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.
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?
Questions About Winter
- What is your favorite thing about the winter? What do you love to look at, smell, hear or taste in the winter?
- What is your least favorite thing about winter? What do you dislike about winter, and how do you handle it?
- What are some of the special events or holidays that you associate with winter? Tell a story about a time you celebrated one of these events or holidays.
- Describe a specific winter memory, and talk about why this memory is meaningful to you.
- What do you do to keep warm when it is very cold outside? How do you keep busy when you cannot work or play outdoors?
- What is your opinion about snow? What do you like to do in the snow, and what do you dislike about snowy days?
- Describe your first memory of a big snowstorm. What did you do during the snowstorm, and how did you feel about it?
Questions About Spring
- What is your favorite thing about spring? What do you love to look at, smell, hear or taste in the springtime?
- What are some activities that you associate with spring? Why do you think you mostly do these particular things when it is springtime?
- What holidays or events come in the springtime? Describe your family's traditions associated with these particular holidays.
- What is your favorite spring flower or plant? Why do you like this one so much?
- What do you like to do when it is raining outside in the springtime?
Questions About Summer
- What is your favorite thing about the summer? What do you love to look at, smell, hear or taste in summer time?
- What are some of your favorite activities to do outdoors? What do you like about these activities? Describe a favorite experience with or memory of one of these activities.
- When school is out, how do you keep busy? What are some of your summer hobbies? What is your schedule usually like during the summer?
- If you are a swimmer, describe where and how you learned to swim. Talk about whether or not you like swimming during the summer time.
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