No wrong answers here! Just lots of thinking required. Open-ended questions are great for these reasons:

      • natural follow-up to closed-ended questions
      • students produce answers at their proficiency level
      • encourages debating and justifying their opinions/beliefs
      • students are comparing which leads to a new perspective of cultures/languages
      • you get to know your students on a personal level (who knew they loved that too!)
      • students can be creative and reflective

For each of the following examples, I included a range of open-ended questions (from novice to advanced) to show you a variety. I only use the ones that fit my students’ proficiency levels. Many times I’m doing a little acting and drawing to help novices understand some questions.

Example #1

Unit Topic: Sports & Activities (Novice)

Daily Objective: I can talk about athletes including what makes them awesome.

Open-ended Questions:


(Don’t speak Spanish?? Describe the most athletic athlete in the world. / Explain what sport needs the most talent. / What two sports would you combine to make a similar video? Describe it.)

Example #2

Unit Topic: Food & Restaurants (Novice)

Daily Objective: I can order a pizza from Telepizza.


Open-ended Questions:


(Don’t speak Spanish?? Would you eat the Nacho Pizza? Why? /  Tell me about the weirdest food you’ve seen in a restaurant. / If you created a new unique pizza, what you would make?)

For my novice students, I will put quick grammar references on the board like “-ía = would” and let them try using this tense. It’s not a whole grammar lesson, but it’s enough to expose them to it so they can communicate their answer. #GrammarSprinkles

Example #3

Unit Topic: Childhood or Monsters & Myths (Intermediate)

Daily Objective: I can tell what I use to be afraid of when I was little.

Open-ended Questions:


(Don’t speak Spanish?? What monsters were you afraid of when you were little? Tell a story about them. / What purpose do “monsters” serve in different cultures?)

Example #4

Unit Topic: Activities (Intermediate)

Daily Objective: I can talk about my opinions about outdoor activities.

Open-ended Questions:


(Don’t speak Spanish?? What do you have in common with Pedro? / Explain how Pedro’s activities in Spain are similar to or different from what you do. /How does Spain resemble (or not) where you live? / Explain where you would take a GoPro. / Tell me about your last adventure.)

Example #5

Unit Topic: What is Art? (Intermediate)

Daily Objective: I can describe different types of art and their purpose.

Open-ended Questions:


(Don’t speak Spanish?? Describe the graffiti in your community. / What’s the purpose of graffiti? / Should they have been arrested for the graffiti? Why? / If you made a graffiti mural, what would it look like and what would it represent?)

In addition to these, I’d like to add a few possible open-ended questions based on Megan’s videos in “Focus on the Facts” (they would be in the target language too).

Example #1 Coca-Cola – Would this commercial be as successful if Coca-Cola did not use Latino names?

Example #4 “No tengo dinero” – Is it difficult to date someone in a different social class?

Example #5 Careers – What careers are you interested in? Why?

Hope you enjoyed the videos and examples!

Videos from YouTube and on our Chispas page, Questions made on & Stock images from or
Check out more ways to use YouTube videos!

YouTube Task #1 – Identify Aspects of Culture

YouTube Task #2: Focus on the Facts

YouTube Task #3: Open It Up

YouTube Task #4: Predict the Future

YouTube Task #5: The Search