Structures to Make Questions about Ability
- Did you use to play soccer when you were a kid?
- Did you use to study a lot when you were in the university?
- Could you drive a car when you were in the university?
- Could you run very fast when you were wrong?
- Were you able to speak English?
- Are you able to speak French?
- Can you swim very well?
- Can you play the paino
Verbs Useful to Make Questions about Ability
How to Make Questions about Ability – Lesson Plan
Schema Activation and Review (15 Mins)
Crossword: Students are given a crossword then
- they have to search for a key verb used to talk about abilities
- once they finish searching for all of them, they make a positive or negative statement with one of them.
- When they have their statement ready, they read it aloud
- Students have to listen to their classmates and remember the statement of their classmate to the front and to the left.
Pre-Task (75 Mins)
- Teacher explains how to make questions about past and present abilities
- Students are given statements, they have to turn 5 of those statements into questions.
- once they finish, they have to go around the classroom asking those questions to their classmates
- Students are given a sheet of paper with questions or a Quizlet set with Questions.
- They have to interview a classmate. They sit down with him or her and they make those questions.
- Now that they are ready, they are going to prepare to report their 3 to 4 finding to another couple withing the group.
- They go and talk to other group members
- Teacher prepares students for a listening task by pre-teaching some key vocabulary.
- Student listen to the dialogue and fill in the blanks with the missing words
- they listen to the listening passage 2 or 3 times
- Once they have it ready, they practice the dialogue with their partners
Main-Task (30 Mins)
Create a video
- Students have in groups of three have to create a dialogue.
- They have to practice the dialogue, once they have fix issues with grammar and pronunciation
- They have to record themselves.
- They are going to share their dialogues with another group.
- Groups that have been given the dialogues, have to identify the question these couples made and their answers.
It is important to tell students to record a dialogue with good fluency, pronunciation and grammar.
Post-Task (30 Mins)
- Teacher stresses the importance of accurate pronunciation and grammar by giving them feedback.
- They are given a short list of key vocabulary that we have studied over the past week they have to figure out the pronunciation by saying these words to another classmate.
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