English for Speakers of Other Languages

11. Describe Spatial & Temporal Relations

Level: Intermediate

Corresponding State Language Forms

None

At the end of this language function, students will be able to...

  • Discuss time and calendars
  • Describe frequency of events and schedules
  • Describe project timelines
  • Use transitional words to describe the order of events in a novel, movie, experiment

Sample Language Patterns:

Discuss time and calendars
  • Can you tell me the time please?
  • Excuse me, what is today’s date?
  • What season comes before/after winter?
  • Half past
  • Quarter after/till/of…
  • After/before
  • Ex: What do you do before/after lunch?
Describe frequency of events and schedules
  • Always, sometimes, never, usually, seldom, rarely, from time to time, twice, once, almost never, etc
Use transitional words to describe the order of events in a novel movie, experiment, etc:
  • First,
  • Then,
  • At first,
  • Later,
  • Next,
  • After that,
  • Etc…