Asking Indirect Questions


The following activity was something spontaneous when we did ‘indirect questions’ but then I felt the students still needed practice, something more like a mechanical drill but I was not prepared for more exercises so I did the folllowing.

I told mys sts to have 4 slips of paper.

On each paper, I told them to write 2 wh questions and 2 yes-no questions.

While they were writing their questions, on some slips of paper I wrote indirect question beginnings, such as ‘I’d like to know ….’ ‘ Do you know ….’, etc.

On my desk, I put their questions and my beginnings face-down as two different card decks.

I told sts they would take 1 card from each pile and write the indirect question on the board.

As homework, I told them to change the indirect questions to direct questions.

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If you have a creative, enthusiastic students, you can even tell them to choose 3 indirect questions from the board and improvise a dialogue but unfortunately my sts need to be prepared for that stage for some time and I’m hopeful 😉