2.en.5 Asking questions?

Captura de pantalla 2014-01-26 a la(s) 2.06.46 PMOne of our goals this term is to be able to ask questions properly. Though accuracy is essential to make ourselves understood, asking good questions is not just a matter of grammar*, isn’t it?   We are currently using Tiny texts and news stories to pretend we are journalists. Last lesson you did a great job interviewing a diver who removed a hook form a dolphin’s fin. Hopefully, by the end of the year your journalistic skills will have developed, and questions will pop up effortlessly.

If you feel you need some revision on how to ask questions, click on the grammar* it will take you to a very good site to practice question asking. Take your time to read until you get to the bottom of the page, where you will find  6 exercises. Give me some feedback on how helpful you find them. Captura de pantalla 2014-01-26 a la(s) 2.25.35 PM

Now, we are going to try a different approach.  People are  different -age, background, looks, personality, life story-  Consequently, their responses, when  the same question is posed to them, are extremely varied and surprising. In this page you will find an experiment carried out in different cities “50 people one question”

Captura de pantalla 2014-01-25 a la(s) 11.07.14 AMI have chosen two examples Galway, Ireland and Brooklyn , New York to inspire you. The questions  are  What is your biggest regret?  and Where would you like to wake up tomorrow?


  Watch the videos.  Focus on 2 people (one per video).    Stop on the people who trap your attention and write a short description (name, age, nationality, looks). In the Brooklyn video people do not provide their names.  You can catch a screen shot to help you remember what the person is like. Do that on a document. You can include the pics. In the same document answer the following questions (make two columns, one for N Y and one for Galway) . Print the document and bring it to class. You can also copy  the answers in  your notebook if you do not have a printer. 

Which answer did you find

  1. most inspiring (made you think and reflect)
  2. unexpected (did not fit the image you had of the person being interviewed)
  3. funny
  4. sad
  5. disturbing
  6. silly
  7. honest
  8. cynical
  9. moving
  10. dull

Imagine a journalist approached you  at Plaza del Tubo when you leave school. What answer would you give?


Which aspects of life do people cover in their answers? Can you think of some headings to classify their answers?


If you had to produce a similar video in the streets of Palma, what question would you like to ask? 

TASK IV) to be discussed in class

Drawing on “50 people one question” Do you think we could produce a short video (around 6 minutes) in our school/city?  Suggestions welcomed. Maybe your art teacher, would like to participate. She is good at video editing.  What do you think.


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