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    Are the following instructions correct? Could they be more challenging?

    Hi teachers,
    In relation to this sentence:
    'Come to my office in half an hour,' she told Felix.
    Are the following instructions for a listening exercise correct? Could they be more challenging?
    Explain what she wanted Felix to do and when.

    Thanks in advance.

    PS. The students are from low intermediate to intermediate.

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    Re: Are the following instructions correct? Could they be more challenging?

    Seems fine. Or "Where was Felix told to go, and when?"
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Are the following instructions correct? Could they be more challenging?

    I agree with Barb, learning54.

    I think she has told you before that it's better to ask direct questions, rather than begin 'Explain. . .'

    Rover

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    Re: Are the following instructions correct? Could they be more challenging?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I agree with Barb, learning54.

    I think she has told you before that it's better to ask direct questions, rather than begin 'Explain. . .'

    Rover
    Hi Rover,
    Thank you for your reply. Yes, she has told me and some other teachers have also told me that it isn't wrong at all. Don't you think that varying the way I ask the students about the material keeps them on their toes. That's my opinion and since it is an opinion it can be change.

    John Cotton Dana said, 'Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.'

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    Re: Are the following instructions correct? Could they be more challenging?

    I feel that if we are trying to get the students to do something, the question/instruction should be as clear and simple as possible.

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    Re: Are the following instructions correct? Could they be more challenging?

    hi 5jj,
    Thank you for your opinion. Do you think my questions or instructions aren't clear? IMHO I think they are. Another thing is that it is better to ask direct question than indirect questions for this kind of exercise. But as I've said before, I'm here to learn.

    L54

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    Re: Are the following instructions correct? Could they be more challenging?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Thank you for your opinion. Do you think my questions or instructions aren't clear? IMHO I think they are.
    Most of them are clear enough, but, as you go on to say, "Another thing is that it is better to ask direct question than indirect questions for this kind of exercise".
    If I want the learners to perform a task, I think that 'keeping them on their toes' by making the instruction possibly less clear is a strange thing to do.

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    Re: Are the following instructions correct? Could they be more challenging?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If I want the learners to perform a task, I think that 'keeping them on their toes' by making the instruction possibly less clear is a strange thing to do.
    Hi 5jj,
    Thank you for your correction and advice. So, it is much better to ask direct questions, then the instruction is much more clear. Point taken! I'll stop writing indirect questions and as always I'll look for your corrections.
    Thank you to all of you for advising me on this matter.

    L54

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    Re: Are the following instructions correct? Could they be more challenging?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Thank you for your correction and advice.
    It was opinion, not correction.

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    Re: Are the following instructions correct? Could they be more challenging?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It was opinion, not correction.
    Hi,
    Sorry, I was talking about this one, 'Most of them are clear enough, but, as you go on to say, "Another thing is ...'

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