I can handle “when will I ever use this?” fairly smoothly and don’t angst over it too much.
The question I’ve been having difficulty with lately is–
I don’t know how to do this.
I don’t know what I’m supposed to do here.
For older students it is not much a problem, but for roughly half the time with my freshmen it is an excuse to stall. I cannot always tell which half; sometimes even the most basic of sentences can cause a English language learner to stumble.
Anyone have a litmus test or clever way of handling this that doesn’t waste too much time?