Welcome to the polite requests category. There are currently 18 worksheets in this section to help you turn your students into very polite individuals. The variety of activities available means that there is something suitable for every age and ability level. Here is a basic polite requests worksheet for elementary and pre-intermediate students. It includes two primary activities that students complete in pairs as well as all the teachers’ notes. This also has a good combination of writing and speaking activities. If you would like your students to focus on specific expressions, you can simply alter the worksheet to suit your needs better.
Teaching your students polite request is important as ESL learners will come across as being rude if they are not taught how to phrase questions appropriately. On the one hand simply being able to communicate their thoughts and needs in another language is a great accomplishment. One school of thought is that if learners can make themselves understood, they have succeeded. While this is true to some extent, as students progress though their English studies, they will learn more and more about what is appropriate in different situations and learning the importance of polite requests is a key step. This skill will improve their relationships with the people they communicate in English with. The people ESL learners interact with will be more receptive and agreeable if students are polite during their interactions.
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