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WH Questions

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WH Questions

  1. 1. YES/NO QUESTIONS & WH - QUESTIONS M. John Britto Assistant Professor of English St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous) Tiruchirappalli-620002
  2. 2. Objectives • To make the students learn how to frame questions in English. • To help the students to converse in English by using question-answer method. • To enable the students to enhance their communication skills in English.
  3. 3. Pre-Teaching Task: Introspection • Do I teach children or youngsters? • When do I teach? • How many students are in my class? • What is the purpose of my teaching? • What methods am I going to use to teach my students? • Am I committed to my profession?
  4. 4. Purposes of Questions • The purposes that we list include • (1) seeking information • (2) making a request • (3) beginning a conversation • (4) making a comment on a situation • (5) checking knowledge to find out if someone knows something accurately.
  5. 5. Forming Questions: 2 Types • Yes/ No Questions • WH Questions What is a question? A question is a sentence that asks for information.
  6. 6. • Inverting the subject and the verb • To Form Yes /No questions, you simply put the auxilliary - verb TO BE in front of the subject: • Examples: • He is an Indian - Is he an Indian? • Jacob is on leave - Is Jacob on leave? • Raja is in the classroom - Is Raja in the classroom? • The children are hungry - Are the children hungry? • You are tired - Are you tired? • It is an interesting film - Is it an interesting film? 1. YES/NO QUESTIONS WITH ‘BE’ FORM VERBS
  7. 7. Sentences to form Questions Sentences in the present form Sentences in the past form I am a teacher. I was a teacher. We are teachers. We were teachers. You are my friend. You were my friend. You are citizens of India. You were citizens of India. He is an honest man. He was an honest man. She is a child. She was a child. It is an animal. It was an animal. They are children. They were children. Joel is a dentist. Joel was a dentist. Joel and Peter are engineers Joel and Peter were engineers Structure of the question: Aux + Subject + rest of the question ?
  8. 8. Fill in the spaces with Do, Does, Is, or Are. 1. ________you a teacher? 2. ________ she have a brother? 3. ________ they from Spain? 4. ________ we need our books? 5. ________ the boy live in the city? 6. ________ the pencils yellow? 7. ________ she 18 years old? 8. ________ Tom and Jane know how to speak French? 9. ________ Rick like hockey? 10. ________ Rick a hockey player?
  9. 9. Questions: Simple Present Tense Sentence in Simple Present Tense Yes/ No Questions Wh –Questions I write I do + write Do I write? Where do I write? You write You do + write Do you write? Where do you write? He write He does + write Does he write? Where does he write? They write They do + write Do they write? Where do they write? Arun write Arun does + write Arun Antony write? Where does Arun write? Children write Children do + write Do Children write? Where do Children write?
  10. 10. Questions: Present Continuous Tense Sentence in Present Continuous Tense Yes/ No Type Questions WH - Questions I am singing. Am I singing? Where am I singing? You are running. Are you running? Where are you running? He is dancing. Is he dancing? Where is he dancing? They are walking. Are they walking? Where are they walking? Mathew is writing a book. Is Mathew writing a book. How long is Mathew writing a book. The boys are playing Are the boys playing Where are the boys playing?
  11. 11. 2. ‘WH’ QUESTIONS • The students will understand the six types of WH questions • Who • What • Where • When • Why • How • The students will gather information by using the six WH questions • The students will use this knowledge in different activities
  12. 12. ` • These questions are the KEY to learning • You can never answer these questions with yes or no
  13. 13. When do we use these questions? Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? Person People Thing, idea, event, or action Place Time Reason Way OR quality/ quantity Because …
  14. 14. Who? • Who do you sit next to in class? • Who is your father? • Who do you like better? Dora or Diego? • Who is your godmother? • Who is your best friend? • Use who when you want information about a person
  15. 15. What? • What are you doing for dinner? • What did you do last night? • What are they doing? • What is in your backpack? • Use what when you want information about a thing
  16. 16. When? • When are you going to do your homework? • When is your birthday? • When do we have art class? • When do the Giants play? • Use when when you want information about the time something happens
  17. 17. Where? • Where do you live? • Where are you? • Where do you go to school? • Where can I go get pizza? • Use where when you want information about a place
  18. 18. Why? • Why do you want to be a teacher? • Why do you want to learn English? • Why is Johnny leaving school early today? • Why do I need to go to Gym class? • Use why when you want to know the reason for something
  19. 19. How? • How are you feeling? • How old is your brother? • How many dogs do you have? • How do I get to Market Street? • How was school today? • Use how when you want to know the way in which something is done OR when you want to know the quality/quantity.
  20. 20. 3. Modals Use modal verbs to make a request or to obtain more information about possibilities or uncertainties. • Can I come with you? • Could this be true? • Should they stop? • May I help you? • Would you give me some money? • Yes (you can come). • Yes (it could be true). • No (they shouldn't). • Yes (you may). • Yes (I would).
  21. 21. Strategies • Questions based on pictures of persons places events, etc • Questions based on situations • Conversation over telephone
  22. 22. Try it out
  23. 23. Questions on a Picture • Who is the man in the white coat? • What is he doing? • Where do you think they are? • When do you go and see this man? • Why do you think he is here? • How do you think this will this end?
  24. 24. Answers! • The man in the white coat is a dentist. • He is looking at the boy’s teeth. • They are in a dentist’s office. • You go to the dentist when your teeth bother you • He is at the dentist to have his teeth looked at. • This will be over when the dentist has finished cleaning.
  25. 25. THANK YOU

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