Questions about ability.

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  1. Can you speak a foreign language other than English?
  2. Can you play a musical instrument?
  3. Can you drive a car safely?
  4. Can you play chess to a high standard?
  5. Can you remember people's names?
  6. Can you draw or paint?
  7. Can you say the alphabet backwards?
  8. Can you sleep with the light turned on?
  9. What languages can you speak?
  10. How well can you sing?
  11. How far can you run without stopping?
  12. How long can you swim underwater?
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How to use the can ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the can ESL discussion questions in PDF format using one of the links above. The best way to encourage classroom interaction is to download and print the can discussion questions in the 'pairs' or 'threes' PDF format and then divide the questions by cutting along the dotted lines. This allows students to take turns asking and answering the can discussion questions in groups of two or three. Alternatively, you could use the 'cards' format to distribute the questions to any number of students to ask and share.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic of can in an interesting and engaging way. An anecdote, quiz question or a related image or video could all be used to achieve this. Depending on the level, it may also be necessary to pre-teach any challenging vocabulary related to can contained in the discussion questions.

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