7. Tourist in Trouble (Foreign Language)
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Much foreign language drill revolves around student answers to teacher questions. One way to turn this around is to assign students a problem-solving situation as homework. For example, tell students that they are lost on the street in Paris and need to find the way back to their hotel.
Another example would be to tell them they wish to make a hotel reservation but do not know much about the hotel. What questions would they ask of the desk clerk to determine if the hotel meets their needs?
After several of these scenarios are presented by the teacher, students can make them up for others to try (including the teacher!). They can categorize the questions and develop a useful guide for problem-solving with questions. Advanced groups can attempt to find out the necessary information with the fewest number of questions.
Other challenges can be to ask only one kind of question, such as fact, or compare/contract questions; to take turns with someone else asking questions; to limit the vocabulary that the students can use in the questions.
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