• Discussing types of question and how and when they should be used
  • Role-playing using questions in different ways in various contexts
  • Listening to interactions and analysing the type of questions used

Note: This lesson is partly based on the text, Types of Question. It is recommended that learners keep that page open in another tab.

1. Think and speak:

a. How far do you agree with the following statements?

  • (i) Good students answer a lot of questions, but the best students ask a lot of questions.
  • (ii) If someone asks you a question, it’s always rude not to answer it.
  • (iii) When getting to know someone, it’s better to share facts about yourself and wait for the other person to share too, rather than asking questions which they may find invasive.
  • (iv) There are no unanswerable questions in science and philosophy; there are only questions to which the answer is not yet known.
  • (v) Questions can be dishonest, just as answers can.

b. Brainstorm and discuss:

  • What different types of question can you think of?