Questions no one knows the answers to

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Grammar - indirect questions

asking questions

LESSON OVERVIEW

This TED talk lesson plan is based on a short video by Chris Anderson titled “Questions no one knows the answers to”. This time students get a lot of grammar exercises on asking questions (direct and indirect ones) and discuss some hard ones.

B1 / Intermediate60 minStandard LessonFree / Premium Plan

(IN)DIRECT QUESTIONS

First, students have to create questions to given answers. This exercise checks their knowledge of various tenses and grammatical structures. Then, students should study the examples of indirect questions and introductory phrases. As a teacher, help students understand the issue by, e.g. giving them more examples or eliciting other structures on the board. After that, students have to rewrite questions from exercise 1 using various introductory phrases. The last grammar task is working in pairs. Students get a list of topics and they have to ask each other indirect questions connected with their free time, education, work, etc.

VIDEO AND DISCUSSION

Then, before watching the TED-Ed video, there is a short discussion on questions kids ask. Next, students move to the video and they have to write down three of them that the speaker mentions, and then they try to answer them. In the last exercise, students have to imagine that they are parents and try to answer the selected questions that kids ask.

It usually takes me around 60 minutes (including 2-minute video – students can watch it twice to write down what they hear) to do this lesson plan. I do it with strong B1+ students or with B2 students if I want to remind them of this grammar point.

EXTRA TASK − ROLEPLAYING (PDF-ONLY)

We created something that would allow students to use indirect questions in a real-life situation and is based on authentic material. In our extra worksheet, students will have to play the role of potential candidates and hiring managers to talk about the best job in the world. The scenario encourages students to use indirect questions to sound polite. It’s a fun task as the advertised job is probably the best job in the world ?

Role-play cards for this task are available in the Teacher’s Version pdf

WORKSHEETS

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  1. Hyago

    I’d like to tell you guys that all the lesson you’ve posted here are incredibly amazing. Thanks for taking time to make them and share with us teachers. God bless you.

    1. Justa

      Thanks a lot! We’re happy you enjoy them 🙂

  2. Marcela Ramos

    I’d like to thank you for the time and effort you dedicate in these lessons. They are wonderfully thought of and organized. They make us think and reflect and we learn the language in a very natural way. Knowledge flows.

    1. Justa

      Marcela, thank you! That’s exactly what we want our lesson plans to be!

  3. Jonathan

    Very fun lesson !

  4. Thais

    Thanks for sharing! Excellent material!

    1. Justa

      Thanks for your comment!

  5. Lignum Nyelviskola

    More similar extra tasks, please! They are very creative :))))

    1. Justa

      Thanks!

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