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Transportation: What to do if you are pulled over by a police officer?

by Diana C. Cooper, PhD | 04 Sep 2018
Resource Description:

Handouts of activities for Adult Lesson: What to do if you are pulled over by a police officer? 

Audience: Adult
Audience Language Proficiency: Beginner, Intermediate
Duration: 20 - 30 minutes
Materials and Technology: I have attached 2 handouts I used for teaching adult ELL about actions they need to perform when interacting with the police when they are stopped for a traffic violation.
Objective(s): Transportation Life skill: identify names of community destinations; addresses; public safety laws; signs; know how to interact with police

Literacy: recognize and write transportation words and signage including stop,

caution, yield, walk, drive, and wait for the bus; knowledge and understanding of reading, listening to vocabulary about vehicle registration and insurance and 

Driver's license/ID.

Listening/speaking: Ask and respond to basic questions about transportation.

Examples: Where are you going? When you are stopped by the police, what do

you do?

Outcome(s): Students will be able to know how to interact with the police and what happens when they stop their vehicle and talk with a  police officer. They will feel confident about how to act and what actions could be misinterpreted as "threatening" to an officer. 
Activity Description:

Talk with students about identification they need in case they are stopped by police

  • Do you know your address? How to give directions to your house? Right & left?

Your street address? Practice and answer these questions (Knowledge of street address and directions - right & left - should be review from prior lessons.) Possible instructional materials include: 

  1. A handout with photos of traffic signs
  2. Photo of a car license plate with registration tabs
  3. Picture of car registration documentation
  4. Copy of Proof of car Insurance

Future 1: English for Results, D. S. Pittaway, 2010,

Pearson/Longman, pp. 191 -192.

Uploaded Files:
TESOL Interest Section: Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL