Questions about possible actions now and in the future.

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  1. Could you cook a meal for twenty people?
  2. Could you run for five miles without stopping?
  3. Could you live a big city one day?
  4. Do you think you could write a novel?
  5. Do you think you could be the chief executive of a large company?
  6. Could you hold your breath for a minute?
  7. Could you give a speech in front of a hundred people?
  8. Could you tell a lie if you really needed to?
  9. Do you think you could learn another new language?
  10. Could you do a parachute jump?
  11. Do you think you could tell the whole truth all the time?
  12. Could you find your way home from here with your eyes closed?
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How to use the could ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the could 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 could 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 could 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 could 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 could contained in the discussion questions.

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