Here is a quick post to share an activity for question formation. The activity is simple and requires very little preparation. All you will need are little cards with the WH words written on them. They can be handwritten, on sticky notes, or typed and printed. Since I have done this activity too many times with different groups over the years, I have printed my cards on construction paper and laminated them, so that they can be reused.
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This speaking activity is suitable for all levels.
In the basic level, students may ask questions in the simple present, simple past, present progressive, and future. In the intermediate level, they may use the perfect aspect, and so on. The WH words I select are also appropriate for the level. Basic levels may use only the basics (what, where, when, who), while intermediate and advanced levels may go further and use which and whose. You got it!
Teacher, note that modeling is essential. You should set the standards before students do their practice. Scaffolding is the key to get the expected results.
Since this is a quick activity, it can be used for a warm up, or a wrap up game. For longer practice, switch pairs, switch roles, have students retell the story by reporting the partner’s answers or let them write the conversation. Be creative! Have fun!
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