ESOL Sc/L1.2a Make requests
Sc/L1.2: make requests and ask questions to obtain information in familiar and unfamiliar contexts
Sc/L1.2a: make requests
- Be able to (a) ask for something (b) ask someone to do something (c) ask permission - using a range of modal verbs, e.g. could, might and also other expressions, e.g. would you mind explaining? Example: Would you mind passing me my book? You don't mind asking her, do you?
- Recognise that with expressions using mind the appropriate way of agreeing to the request is usually no, rather than yes
- Vary register in different situations and relationships Example: Is it okay if I talk to the boss about it? Would it be possible for me to speak to the Principal? Choose appropriate intonation to indicate, e.g. politeness or assertiveness
- Make requests indirectly, where appropriate, and introduce a request with a pre-request, particularly when a request is for something difficult to ask for Example: I'm really sorry to bother you, but... I wonder if I could ask you a favour?
- Use appropriate phrases, including pre-request phrases, when making requests by telephone