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Module 6: Understanding the importance of questioning

Welcome to Module 6 of Working with English Language Learners.

In this module you will learn about different types of questions to use with learners that require different levels of thinking.


Learning byte

Watch this clip to see how a teacher has used different types of questions in a ‘Concept Star’ to support learners to engage in meaningful talk as they complete the task. 

After you have viewed the video, have a shared discussion to reflect on:

  • the types of questions used in the task
  • other questions at literal, inferred, and applied levels that you might ask.


Teacher - If you look carefully on this concept star, you can see that there are some sentence starters. So this one here it says, what patterns are used in Siapo? The patterns are... and then you just need to write down what the patterns are that you can see. Okay, you’re going to be using these sentence starters when you share back with the class. So it’s important that you look at them as well.

Student – What is Siapo used for?


Yeah art... yeah.

It is used for art.

I’ll read this one, what patterns are used in Siapo?

It looks like a bird.

This is flowers... kind of flowers.

Feathers, but it’s the feathers in Samoa.

It looks like feathers and leaves.

Yeah, feathers and leaves.

The patterns are feathers and leaves.

Student – When we did the concept start, I knew Siapo, because when I was in Samoa my dad used to make some. I could share my ideas with Siapo in my group that I was, and I told them how the colours was made.

Preparation for Module 7 >>

Module 7: Supporting reading

Think about what works well when you are supporting learners to read. What do learners need to learn to become good readers? 

Updated on: 03 May 2022