Follow-up Questions

Follow-up Questions

Time: 30 minutes

Materials: This Handout (or see below)

Objectives: After this lesson, students will be more comfortable asking follow-up questions.

This is a great 30 minute lesson to use at the beginning of the term. If students are good at asking follow-up questions, it’ll make every discussion go better. After they know the skill, you can just shout “follow-up questions!” to make any discussion go longer.

Pre-speaking (1) 5 minutes First off, present the common types of follow-up questions and generic example questions:

More information: Could you tell me more? Why do you think that?

Disagreement: Don’t you think that…?

Change the topic: What about…?

Pre-speaking (2) 15 minutes Then, pass out this handout (or see below). The third line should always be another question. Do the first three together. Students should complete the rest on their own. On the second page, they should create the entire dialogues.

Speaking 10 minutes Have the students practice their questions with a partner.

Extension Play a game where two students come to the front. One should see how many questions they can ask. Then bring another two students forward. The student who asks the most questions wins.

Follow-up Questions Worksheet

A: How old are you?

B: I’m 18 years old.

A: Are you a student?

A: Where are you from?

B: I’m from Japan.

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A: Do you like to play any sports?

B: No, not really.

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A: Do you like to play any sports?

B: I love to play badminton.

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A: What kind of music do you like?

B: I like ballads.

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A: What do you want to eat for dinner?

B: How about sushi?

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A: What’s your favorite animal?

B: My favorite animal is a monkey!

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