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TOOL 2: The Anatomy of Question Cards

Introduction

What is the main ingredient in a conversation? Questions!

Can you imagine talking without questions? Impossible. Questions are the essence of language, the key element for effective communication. Questions give a conversation direction.

If you talk to someone, but don’t really feel like talking very much, try just asking questions. You’ll find that the conversation will continue smoothly and your partner might even end up saying to you “Wow! It was very interesting talking with you. Thank you very much.”

Many students find it difficult to ask questions. What carries a conver- sation along are questions. If you stop asking questions, soon the conversation ends.

How many questions does one person ask a day? Who does he ask? What does he ask? Is there a relationship between the quantity of questions someone asks and her or his character and lifestyle? These are all interesting questions, aren’t they?

Questions imply that you are interested in something. If you like someone, or want to get to know someone, you have to ask questions. There are two possible ways to ask questions: vertically or horizon- tally. For a full explanation of this method, please prefer to page NN.

Developing the skill to ask questions is a very important task that requires constant practice. In the following pages, we will introduce to you techniques that we have tried and tested and found to be useful for honing this skill. These techniques can be used whenever questions occur in any of the material in our TALK system.

Question Cards can be studied independently of any other tool. Apart from the Lyric Cards and the IdeaCue Cards, all of our tools are interrelated, topic-wise. To take full advantage of this interrelation, we suggest that you make your students aware that it is important for them to combine different tools creatively so as to provide variety and depth to their learning.

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