English for Speakers of Other Languages

22. Manage Conversations & Participate in Discussions

Level: Early Advanced/Advanced

Corresponding State Language Forms

None

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

  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of social courtesies
  • Engage in everyday conversations with peers and adults regarding borrowing and lending objects
  • Extend, accept or decline an invitation with ease
  • Express an idea or an opinion
  • Make statements to clarify understanding

Sample Language Patterns:

Demonstrate appropriate use of social courtesies:
  • I’m glad to see you again.
  • How have you been lately?
  • How‘s (How is) your family?
  • How was your summer?
  • I would like you to meet ___. She/He is someone who …
  • I would like you to meet someone who…
  • It’s been a pleasure/fun/great talking with you.
Engage in everyday conversations with peers and adults regarding lending and borrowing objects:
  • Do you think it would be alright if I borrowed your ___ ___ now?
  • Could you loan me your ___ ?
  • Of course, I would be glad to loan you the ___ now/when I finish.
  • Would you like to ___?
  • Would you mind if I ___?
  • Could I possibly (get, borrow) a ___?
  • Do you have a ___ I could use by any chance?
Extend, accept or decline an invitation with ease:
  • Maybe we can ___ together soon.
  • I was wondering if you would like to ___ with me?
  • Do you think you might like to ___ with me?
  • Thank you! I’d love to ___ with you (but I ___).
  • I would like to ___.
  • It would (It’d) be fun if we could ___.
  • Do you think we could ___?
  • Would you like to ___?
  • What would you like to do?
Express an idea or opinion:
  • I would like to propose…
  • I understand what you are saying, however I believe…
  • I agree with you…(but…)
  • That is a wonderful idea.
  • I propose that we should…
  • It might behoove us to…
  • We should…
Make statements to clarify understanding:
  • So what I hear you saying is…
  • Do I understand that you are proposing…
  • If I understood correctly, it seems that you…