'Would You Rather' 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.

'Would you rather' questions can be great open-ended conversation starters for your ESL students. The examples in this lesson are sure to get your students talking and listening to one another.

Why Ask 'Would You Rather' Questions?

If you are teaching ESL students, then you understand the importance of presenting them with open-ended questions, those queries that will allow them to expound on their own feelings and opinions. Not only are these questions great for helping your students establish their identity and explore their feelings, but they can also be great for prompting conversation and getting students to work with different kinds of vocabulary and sentence structure. This lesson focuses on 'would you rather' questions; these are questions that offer students two or more choices and then ask them to select a preference.

As students practice answering these questions, encourage them always to give a reason for their choice. The reason is the part of their answer that will really get them talking. 'Would you rather' questions are also great for teaching students a specific interrogatory structure in English. This lesson offers you some examples of 'would you rather' questions, but you can also have students come up with their own. Feel free to pose these questions to your students or encourage them to inquire of one another!

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