Sunday, April 22, 2007

Survival Questions for ESL Beginners

When Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), it's very useful to teach the ESL student some "survival questions."

I always teach my beginning students the following questions. They are useful during our one-on-one tutoring sessions, and more importantly, they are useful in the real world.

(1) Can you repeat that please?

(2) Can you please speak slowly, please?

(3) How do you spell __________?

(4) What does __________ mean?

(5) Can you give me an example?

(6) How do you say ___________ in Japanese/Spanish/French/etc. . . .?


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