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The Question Is Your Answer

Questions have the power of engaging learners in Higher Order Thinking Skills, including creative and critical thinking. Using this tool in the business English language training helps learners become more confident and more autonomous language users.

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The Question Is Your Answer

  1. 1. The Question Is Your Answer Csilla Jaray-Benn BESIG Online Conference 15 June 2013
  2. 2. Outline 1. The nature of questions 2. Flipping the roles 3. The Question Formation Technique™ 4. Benefits for the learner The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  3. 3. “Questions improve conversation, communication and behaviour.” Theodore Zeldin The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  4. 4. The hidden power of questions Divergent Creative Critical Independent eltpics @kevchanwow The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  5. 5. Questions in business context Leadership Knowledge Problem-solving Teamwork The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  6. 6. Questions by nature Grounds for creative thinking Questions in use Source of stress and anxiety The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  7. 7. Pass the question on to your learner The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  8. 8. Six-step process Rules Discuss Prompt Listen Accuracy Task The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  9. 9. Four rules Elaborated by the Right Question Institute As many as you can Do not discuss No statement Write it down The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  10. 10. The prompt is a statement The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  11. 11. Focus on an image Via http://www.berndnaut.nl/works.htm The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  12. 12. Learner’s questions “Is this a performance?” “Is this work done by an artist or by a team?” What do you think about the meaning of this cloud?’” The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  13. 13. Open and closed questions “Is this a performance?” “How would you describe this performance?” “Is this work done by an artist or by a team?” “How can this piece of art be created by a team?” “What do you think about the meaning of this cloud?” “Can you see any meaning behind this cloud?” The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  14. 14. Focus on connections Art Science The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  15. 15. Different type of connections Debate The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  16. 16. Focus on a statement Scientists never dream The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  17. 17. What makes a good focus Brief and simple Objective Personalised Stimulates thinking The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  18. 18. Resources eltpics @sandymillin eltpics @ShellTerrell The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  19. 19. Build a framework Concrete professional tasks The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  20. 20. The learner will be able to… Creative thinker Independent L2 user L2 identity Conversation leader Accurate speaker TRANSEFERABLE SKILLS The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  21. 21. Questions are TOOLS for thinking. The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  22. 22. “You can’t learn unless you ask questions. Unless you ask questions, nobody knows what you are thinking or what you want to know.” D. Rothstein & L. Santana The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  23. 23. There is NO bad question. The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  24. 24. The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  25. 25. References Goodey, C. (2013). “Using yes-no questions to get people talking”. http://cgoodey.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/using-yes-no-questions-to-get-people-talking/ Jaray-Benn, Cs. (2012). One-to-one Dynamics. TESOL France Annual Colloquium. Paris http://besenglish.com/2013/05/03/one-to-one-dynamics/ Jaray-Benn, Cs. (2013). “Collaborative Creative Learning”. TESOL France Spring Day. Strasbourg Rothstein, D. and Santana, L. (2011). Make Just One Change. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press Szesztay, M. (2013). “The Power of Questions”. IATEFL Conference Liverpool Template by Zoltan Halasi. Art Force Design. Budapest The Question Is Your Answer – Csilla Jaray-Benn – Business English Services - 2013
  26. 26. Csilla Jaray-Benn csilla.benn@bes-grenoble.com Blog: www.besenglish.com @CsillaBenn Business English Services www.bes-grenoble.com

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