I am sure most teachers have noticed that the spontaneity, which was so prevalent in elementary school youngsters, disappears when these students enter junior high school. For this reason, the Junior High School Question Box is a welcome tool because it helps transport adolescents back into the English zone in a fun way.
The Junior High School Question Box can be used via one of the following three methods:
Warm-ups: Each student is handed five questions. He/she asks another student one of the questions. That student (who was asked) asks another student a question. This is continued until all the five cards have been used.
Game: Students divide into pairs. Each student selects ten questions. One of the pair members asks his/her partner ten questions. After all ten have been answered, the other partner asks ten questions. The team finishing first wins.
Departure activity: The teacher stands at the door holding the questions in the container. The students line up at the door to leave. The first one on line stands before the teacher and selects one question, handing it to the teacher. The teacher then asks the student the question. If the student can answer, then the student leaves. If the student cannot answer, then he/she goes to the end of the line, and the teacher continues the same procedure with the next student until all have answered the questions and have left.
Some of the questions are as follows:
Who’s your favorite singer?
Do you have a bicycle?
Can you speak Chinese?
Do you have any brothers or sisters?
What is your homeroom teacher’s name?
What grade are you in?
Where do you live?
Can your mother speak English?
Do you belong to any clubs?
Do you have a pet?
The more the question cards are used, the more comfortable the students are asking and answering questions. After a while, they should be able to ask the questions (or others) without the cards! That’s progress!
Level: Junior High
Card Size: 7.4 x 3.8 cm
Number of Cards: 80