ESOL Sc/E2.2a make requests: ask for things or action
Sc/E2.2: make requests and ask questions to obtain information in everyday contexts
Sc/E2.2a: make requests: ask for things or action
- be able to use modal verbs and other forms in order to make a polite request, e.g.: (a) modals can and could (b) I'd like ... Example: Could I speak to the manager? Can I have a biscuit, Ranji? I'd like to see Mrs Brown, please.
- be aware that the form chosen can depend on the relationship between people and the nature of the request. Example: Could you shut the window? I'd like to make an appointment with...
- be aware of the role of intonation in distinguishing between a polite request and a demand, and be able to apply this. Example: A cup of tea, please. (intonation falling or rising on tea)
- be able to incorporate a request in a longer interaction. Example: - Can I help you? - Yes, I'm Ranjit's mother. Could I see Mrs Brown, please? It's about Ranjit's homework.
- understand the role of intonation in indicating politeness or rudeness and be able to make requests with appropriate intonation.