In my experiences teaching English in Japan, Asking Questions has always been the hardest thing to get my young ESL learners to do. As time passes and students age, the pattern becomes increasingly difficult to fix. One surefire way to increase the effectiveness of any ESL class is to stress questioning as early as possible.
The Details about Asking Questions:
- This ESL game require a set of blocks and a timer.
- This game works best in larger classes.
- A game can last between 5 and 15 minutes.
- This game requires students to ask a target question as many times as possible within a given time limit.
How To Play Asking Questions:
- Pick a target Question. In this example we’re using the question “What colour is it?”
- Assign your ESL students a “building zone”. Each student will be required to make the tallest tower possible within their zone.
- The teacher should stand as far as possible from the students (within reason).
- Students are required to run towards you and ask you the target question, “What colour is it?”
- Hand them a block while answering the question. E.g., “It’s yellow”.
- The ESL student then has to run back to their building zone and stack the block on their tower and say what colour it is. E.g., “It’s yellow”.
- The student then runs back to the teacher, lines up and re-uses the target question. “What colour is it?”
- Repeat steps 5 – 7 until either time expires or you run out of blocks. The student with the highest tower wins.
This easy ESL game is highly adaptable and lots of fun. You can easily adjust the target question to anything that fits your lesson topic. E.g.,
- What shape is it?
- How big is it?
- What is it?