Follow up questions (quick tips)
Teacher: “What did you do at the weekend Juan?”
Students 2 and 3 have already stopped listening.
Student 2 has a hangover or is wondering if anyone will notice he/she is scrolling through social media.
Student 3 is hoping Juan had a great weekend and is calculating that maybe he/she has about 15 minutes to answer that work email or possibly just to go into ‘sleep mode’, eyes open and ears closed
I like to MAXIMISE session time in the most effective way possible! That’s why I use follow up questions in almost every session because…
The question format is a very important part of learning a language, so the students should be the ones asking right?
Student 1. Is thinking, constructing, and asking a question.
Student 2. Is listening, thinking, constructing and answering a question…
Student 3. Is listening to both question and answer and constructing a relative follow up question.
Bonus. The teacher isn’t talking at all.
Give two examples...
A relevant question means the student has listened, understood and formed a question that clearly shows comprehension of the previous Q and A.
Student 1. Do you have a pet?
Student 2. Yes
Student 3. What kind of animal is it?
Choose any subjects, the more relevant the better obviously. It's a very simple strategy but it yields fantastic results
I usually start all of my classes using this format and I have found it to be very effective on many levels as multiple skills are being learned simultaneously.