Tagged: questions

The 5Ws focused lesson

Using the journalistic technique of the 5W questions is really effective for any listening / reading activity. Students can read or listen to  the news item or story and then write out the 5 questions that would cover the story. They can then quiz each other for...

Teacher Surveys – what stands out for you?

Teacher Surveys – what stands out for you?

Over the last year, we’ve done a number of surveys about teaching and learning English.  I’ve collected them in a handy presentation.    If you have the time, please comment on anything you find revealing/interesting.  Some had a large number of respondents, some just a...

Interview with myself

{ I think this a great reflective activity for any teacher. Going to make this  part of the curriculum in some of my future courses, for sure. Find my full philosophy of education – here. } What subjects have you been teaching? What types of...

Listening for Gist – the 5 Ws

Listening is one of the most overlooked skills, especially in the initial stages / levels of language learning. (see my blog post here about this and download the activities ebook). Using authentic listening materials combined with the 5 Ws, really makes a great multi level...

The Art of Questioning….

{this is part of the “Captive Mind” series of blog posts – publishing online and de-commercializing thought.] ———— Teaching and the Art of  Questioning [Also see this post .   Download:   Teaching and the Art of questioning handouts] Developing the art of questioning can be...

Effective Questioning

Questions are the fertilizer that a teacher uses to nurture the plant called learning.  There are many sound principles for effective questioning – I’ve outlined many below. In English language teaching, the one big difference is that a teacher should use more closed questions (Yes/No...

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