TESOL/Talking about abilities

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What can you do?

Vocabulary[edit]

ability level How well? How good?
100% Very well. I'm great.
75% Pretty well. I'm pretty good.
50% A little bit. I'm okay.
25% Not very well. I'm not very good.
0% I can't.

Key sentences

Asking about abilities Telling about abilities
Can you (verb) ? Yes, (adverb).
No, I can't.
Asking about abilities Telling about abilities
Are you a good (noun) ? Yes, I'm (adjective).
No, I can't.

Drills

Say these sentences without looking.

Can you (verb) ?
verb sentence
draw Can you draw ?
play football Can you play football ?
cook Can you cook ?
use a computer Can you use a computer ?
Yes, (adverb).
adverb sentence
very well Yes, very well.
pretty well Yes, pretty well.
a little bit Yes, a little bit.
not very well Yes, not very well.
Are you a good (noun) ?
noun sentence
painter Are you a good painter ?
cook Are you a good cook ?
writer Are you a good writer ?
soccer player Are you a good soccer player ?
Yes, I'm (adjective).
adjective sentence
great Yes, I'm great.
pretty good Yes, I'm pretty good.
okay Yes, I'm okay.
not very good Yes, I'm not very good.

Example

Practice this conversation.

Asking about abilities Telling about abilities
Can you (draw) ? Yes, (very well).
Asking about abilities Telling about abilities
Are you a good (painter) ? Yes, I'm (great).


Change partners. Use your imagination and change the sentences.

Exercise

Use your imagination. Make your own conversation.

Asking about abilities Telling about abilities

Can you ... ?

Yes, ... .

Asking about abilities Telling about abilities
Are you a good ... ? Yes, I'm ....


Change partners. Use your imagination and make another conversation.

Practice

Asking about abilities Telling about abilities
Find 5 things that your partner can do. Talk about what you can do.

Further study


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