It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul.
Ursla Le Guin (1929-2018)
A Wizard of Earthsea, 1968
Ask Me! (First Letter Questions)
Encourage students to ask questions by presenting them with FLQs - questions written on the board using the first letter of each word only. When the students have worked out the answer they will find themselves asking a question which you can then answer.
Getting students (especially Japanese ones) to ask questions without prompting can be difficult. Quite often questioning ends up being one way - the teacher asks the questions and the students answer.
One thing I do after a round of questions is to say, "Ask me!" So if I have asked the students how their weeks were one of them (chosen randomly) or all of them in unison can ask the same or similar question based upon the model I've just given.
But a more challenging and interesting approach is to turn the questioning into a kind of puzzle or game. Write a question on the board that you want the students to ask you but only the first letters of each word. Eg:
W d y d a t w?
Go through the words one at time until they have worked out the whole string: "What did you do at the weekend?" Once the students have said the whole question you can answer and the write up the next question. "Oh, I went shopping."
W d y b?
And so on. This method allows you to guide dialogue helping students to understand both the structure of simple conversations as well as actual questions themselves.
Students get together in pairs and take turns writing FLQs for each other to solve. The questions can be personal, related to recent events or focused on a particular theme or topic.
- Top Page
- Across The Table
- Add One More
- Be A Monster!
- Black Hole (board game)
- Bombs Away!
- Co-operative Quiz
- Dice Stack
- Fast Food Tag
- Find My Number
- Find The Penny
- The Happy Game
- Line Up!
- Maze Challenge
- Natty Narration
- Nose Nose Nose
- One Step Forward!
- Pair Fluency Match 7 - Death Wish
- Pair Fluency Match 7 - Go Green!
- Parrot Parade
- Passport Control
- Reach The Top!
- Tickle Time
- What Cards
- Which One?
- Whose Shoe?
- World Cup Football 2018
- You, You, Me!
- Wake Up
- Songs and Music
- Strips (songs and otherwise)
- 2019 Spelling Bee
- Cars in Japan
- Ed makes History
- Forest Bathing
- Japan and the Summit
- Plastic in Japan
- Return to Fukushima
- This Week in History: March 21-26
- This Week in History: March 28 - April 2
- This Week in History: April 8-10
- This Week in History: April 12-15
- This Week in History: April 19-24
- This Week in History: April 24-26
- This Week in History: May 6-11
- This Week in History: May 11-14
- This Week in History: May 18-23
- This Week in History: May 25-31
- This Week in History: June 1-5
- This Week in History: June 11-14
- This Week in History: June 15-21
- This Week in History: June 22-27
- This Week in History: June 29 - July 5
- This Week in History: July 6-12
- This Week in History: July 14-19
- This Week in History: July 27-31
- This Week in History: August 17-21
- This Week in History: August 27-30
- This Week in History: August 31 - September 6th
- This Week in History: September 7-13
- This Week in History: September 14-20
- This Week in History: September 22-27
- This Week in History: September 28 - October 4
- Typhoon Jebi
- What's wrong with planting new forests?
- Yayoi Kusama's Infinity