Quick tips for an engaging start to any class! by Oliver Riddleston - Profesor/a de inglés

Quick tips for an engaging start to any class!


                                Follow up questions (quick tips)


Teacher: “What did you do at the weekend Juan?”     


   

Student: “Pues..ehhh…”

 

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… 

 

Meanwhile…

  • 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...

 

Student 1. Do you have a pet?

Student 2. Yes

Student 3. What is your favourite pizza topping?

 

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?

 

Correct!


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.

 

Oliver Riddleston

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