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Questioning. How to ask the best questions to get the information you need for your German class inquiry project. Why is learning how to question important?. Creates the basis of your research Saves time when you ask the right questions Wrong questions can lead to dead ends, wrong answers.

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Questioning

How to ask the best questions to get the information you need for your German class inquiry project.


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Why is learning how to question important?

  • Creates the basis of your research

  • Saves time when you ask the right questions

  • Wrong questions can lead to dead ends, wrong answers


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Four Types of Questions

  • Factual: usually only one right answer , concrete

  • Interpretive: answers vary, but must be supported by facts

  • Evaluative: infinite answers, opinions and feelings

  • Imaginative: infinite answers, what if? questions


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Examples

  • Factual: When did the Berlin Wall come down?

  • Interpretive: Why is lunch the biggest meal of the day in Germany?

  • Evaluative: What is your favorite German food and why?

  • Imaginative: What If I Were a German Teenager?


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Tips for Questioning

  • Avoid asking yes or no questions – answers won’t get you far

  • Try starting questions with “Describe . . .” or “Tell me. . .” – especially in interviews

  • Revise questions as needed

  • Remember those 6 W’s – Who, What, When, Where, Why, How


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Identify These Questions

  • What is the capitol of Germany?

    • Factual

  • Describe a place where you would like to travel?

    • Imaginative

  • How do you feel you are doing in German class?

    • Evaluative

  • What did President Kennedy mean when he said “Ich bin ein Berliner”?

    • Interpretive


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Questioning Resources

  • YouthLearn.org – The Art of Asking Good Questions http://www.youthlearn.org/learning/teaching/questions.asp

  • From Now On – Questioning Tool Kit http://www.fno.org/nov97/toolkit.html

  • The Question Mark http://questioning.org/


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