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.
Unit Topic: Sports & Activities (Novice)
Daily Objective: I can talk about athletes including what makes them awesome.
(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.)
Unit Topic: Food & Restaurants (Novice)
Daily Objective: I can order a pizza from Telepizza.
(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
Unit Topic: Childhood or Monsters & Myths (Intermediate)
Daily Objective: I can tell what I use to be afraid of when I was little.
(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?)
Unit Topic: Activities (Intermediate)
Daily Objective: I can talk about my opinions about outdoor activities.
(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.)
Unit Topic: What is Art? (Intermediate)
Daily Objective: I can describe different types of art and their purpose.
(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 Piktochart.com & Stock images from Pexel.com or Pixabay.com
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