Talking to the Parole Board
Created by Gene Conger
EDU134, Spring 2010
Intermediate to Advanced ESL

Introduction| Task | Process |EvaluationConclusion | Resources | Teacher's Notes   


Hello, class! Is everyone ready to learn? Excellent! Today, we are going to start working on something that all of us in the class will be facing. We are going to work on developing our language for the parole board. As you know, not many people working for the parole board can understand Spanish. We are going to develop your skills in English so you can be ready for their questions. You will also be able to respond to their questions as well. We will learn everyday English and be able to write it also. Here we go!


The Task

We are going to be practicing words and sentences that are used when seeing the parole board. When we understand the words and are able to say them, we will be ready to talk to the people on the parole board.



The Process

Step One.   Define words that are on the list given to you.

Step Two.   Begin to make sentences using your new vocabulary.

Step Three. You will write a short paragraph (on your paper and flash cards)containing what you would like to say to the parole board. Remember to keep it proper and respectful.

Step Four.   Read the paragraph to the class. Remember to say, “Thank you.”

Step Five.   Listen to what is being said to you by the classmates and me.  Think of us like we are the parole board.


  1. Paper and pencil. 

  2. Spanish and English dictionaries.

  3. Vocabulary list.  

  4. Flash cards.







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Written Message

Nothing written down

Attempt at writing, lack of sentences, little or no flow, little effort in grammar/punctuation

Shows flow of information, minor flaws in sentencing, effort in punctuation is acceptable

Constant and proper flow of information, very little/if any flaws in sentences, shows deliberate and focused usage of grammar

Use of authentic language

Resistant or no effort

Some ability but with little effort or focus

Understandable, acceptable attempt at specific vocabulary, moderate self/teacher correction

Total understanding of the spoken word, little self/teacher correction needed.

Comprehension of Response

No attempt at listening

Some attempt at listening with minimal acknowledgement

Demonstrates effort and attention to the response, moderate comprehension

Demonstrates focused and deliberate attention to the response, near total comprehension to vocabulary used

Role Play

No effort

Shows little attempt in role play, constantly distracted

Demonstrates deliberate effort, shows confidence in timing with role play

Active in role play, demonstrates etiquette in conversation, accepts and responds information in role play effectively


Great job everyone! All of your messages were spoken in a clear voice and very proper. You all should be very proud of what you have accomplished. I know that all of you will do a good job in front of the parole board. This, gentlemen, is just a start to becoming more and more involved in the English language. Please keep your notes that you have written down on your paper and flash cards. Good luck in the hearing!

Teacher Notes

This lesson is geared primarily for the mid to advanced level of ESL. Yes, it can also work effectively with lower levels, just requiring more time. Also, the students will also contact other inmates that had been in front of a parole board and will ask them about certain questions that are asked.