ERIC Number: ED262640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Who Should Be Asking the Questions in the Second Language Classroom?
Honeycutt, C. Allen; Vernon, Nile D.
Most of our language use involves asking and answering questions, and in the second language classroom such exchanges tend to be rare. When there are opportunities for sharing, the teacher usually asks all the questions and the student answers. Some strategies that give students more practice in asking questions include: letting them devise and pose questions to the class, perhaps as a spokesperson for a subgroup, about readings; having them interview a character from a reading passage; having them interview each other in an opinion poll, using a variety of constructions; using guessing games; constructing a telephone inquiry; preparing and asking questions of a visiting native speaker; conducting a "twenty questions" game or some variation; playing variations on a "Jeopardy" game; and conducting a classroom inventory. It is also important to emphasize questioning skills in oral and written tests so that those skills are viewed by students as important and useful. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Meeting the Call for Excellence in the Foreign Language Classroom. Selected papers from the 1985 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (FL 015 312).