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Asking Questions

One of the most basic functions in communication is asking questions. Language teachers ask students questions all the time. This turns their students into clever responders. However I have seen evidence that students do not get enough practice asking questions. In my opinion, asking a question is the most important speaking function to teach.

Why?
Questions are essential to survival. For example, "Where is the bathroom?" or "Is this train going to New York City?"Questions demonstrate curiosity and a willingness to learn and understand the language and content of the course.
Questions are essential in the negotiation of meaning.Questions are useful when one cannot answer. For example, "Could you say that it again more slowly?" or "Are you asking my opinion?"
Students who need and want to understand ask questions.Students with inquisitive minds ask questions.Students get more answers when they ask more questions.How can I get my students to ask…