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Teaching SUBJECT and OBJECT QUESTION Forms

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by Insights to English | 11 Sep 2018
Resource Description: A video on how to present Subject and Object Question Forms to students.
Audience: Secondary, Adult, University, Teacher Training
Audience Language Proficiency: Intermediate, Advanced
Teaching Tip:

Start with some example questions and have see if students can:

  • identify the components of different question forms
  • distinguish between object and subject questions

This can be done through guided discovery, as in this video

Once you explain the difference between Object Questions and Subject Questions (namely that they are determined by the expected answers), consider the two question types separately, as they are rather different.

Object Questions are formatted the same as Yes/No Questions, except with a question word added at the beginning.

Subject Questions are​ formatted the same as declarative sentences, except that the subject is replaced with a question word.

Watch this 7-minute video for details and a model of how to present these question forms.

TESOL Interest Section: English as a Foreign Language, Teacher Education, Video and Digital Media