Many students are weak when it comes to asking questions compared to answering them. This is odd because the structure of a question is not more difficult than an affirmative or a negative statement.

However getting questions from students may sometimes be neglected by teachers: Doesn't the classical teaching situation mean the teacher speaks and then questions his students? Well, it shouldn't be like that in language learning. Asking is as important as answering.

How can we increase practice of question forms?

Here are four ways of getting questions from a student, The first three work even with beginners, the last one as soon as students know the verb "ask".

They are QAQ, AQ, "I don't know", and "Ask me".

Click on them to see further.


Mark Yates 2000 updated 2015