Concept Checking -Structures Jo Gakonga CELTA Trainer elt-training.com
RevisionWhy use concept checking?What makes a concept check question effective?
Some guidelines1. Make sure that you are checking the MEANING2. Make sure that you are specific about the meaning.3. Avoid the target language in the question4. Grade the vocabulary and structures that you use below the target language
I used to smoke.What’s the meaning here? I did something before. I did it more than once (probably often) I don’t do it now.
I used to smoke.So we make those into questions:• Did I smoke? Yes.• More than once? Yes.• Regularly? Often? Perhaps.• Do I smoke now? No.
I used to smoke.What’s wrong with these?Did you smoke?What did you used to do?Did you regularly inhale tobacco fumes?
TIME-LINESA useful way to check or illustrate meaning.Time lines can show if we are talking about somethingtemporary or permanent, a point of time or a period oftime and the time setting of the action.