Speech/language therapists generally teach three types of question forms. Yes/No, WH, and tag questions.

 

THE DEVELOPMENTAL ORDER

YES/NO questions appear first followed by WH question forms.

Within the WH group: what, where, who and whose appear as a group. They are followed by how, which, why and when.

Tag questions are usually the last to appear.

 

Yes/no Questions

WEB SITES FOR PRACTICING YES-NO QUESTIONS:

http://cvu.strath.ac.uk/ae/tutorial/usenew.html#QuestionTypes Here is a site where you can create your own set of yes-no questions on the web. You also have to put in the answers. Then your students can access the web page and answer your questions.

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/200/grammar/quest1.htm A series of 14 very simple exercises. A graphic and a sentence is provided. The student must then make YES/NO questions or WH- questions from each sentence.

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/presnq2c.htm 5 statements in the simple present tense. Students are asked to change them into yes-no question forms. Good for young children. A small graphic is presented with each statement.

http://www.studyspanish.com/sounds/pronunciation/intonation_sinoquest.htm SPANISH - Here's a site that concentrates on the pronunciation characteristics of yes-no questions in Spanish. This is an audio lesson.

http://www.track0.com/canteach/elementary/numbers13.html This site offers a list of "daily" yes-no questions you can ask a child to practice answering yes-no questions accurately. You will find the list in the second half of the web page at this site.

http://www.gsu.edu/~eslhpb/aegweb/exercises/x7/x7-A/x7-1_first.htm The content of the sentences is appropriate for older children (junior high - high school). The task is relatively easy. Students are given a scrambled sentence and are asked to use correct word order rules to form a grammatically correct yes-no question.

http://www.gsu.edu/~eslhpb/aegweb/exercises/x7/x7-A/x7-2.htm The content of the sentences is appropriate for older children (junior high - high school). The task is relatively easy. Students are given a statement and are asked to turn it into a yes-no question.

http://www.accentberlin.de/LEARNINGAREA/ENGLISHMATERIAL/GRAMMAR/VERB_FORMS/PAST/past_simple_to_be/06_past_simple_to_be_test_yesno.htm This site asks a student to use the correct form of 'was or were' to form yes-no questions. The content of the sentences is very adult-like, so this site might be better for junior high - high school children.

http://www.accentberlin.de/LEARNINGAREA/ENGLISHMATERIAL/GRAMMAR/VERB_FORMS/PAST/past_simple_to_be/07_past_simple_to_be_drill_yesno.htm This site asks a student to use the correct form of 'was or were' to form yes-no questions. The content of the sentences is very adult-like, so this site might be better for junior high - high school children.

http://www.english-zone.com/teach/yes-no.html This is a WHO AM I or WHAT AM I game in which students get to practice asking and answering yes-no questions. It is a lesson plan with all the information needed.

http://www.myenglishteacher.net/shortanswerslesson110600.html Here is a lesson on answering yes-no questions.

 

 

WH Questions

There are eight WH questions in the English language. Each WH question form signals a specific type of response.

Children need to be taught the response type associated with each WH question form.

What demands a NAMING response
Where demands a LOCATION response
Who demands a NAMING response OF A PERSON
Whose demands a POSSESSION response

How demands an explanation response, such as in How to..., How much..., How many..., etc.
Which demands a multiple choice response
Why is thought of as demanding a "cause effect" response
When demands a time response

WEB SITES FOR PRACTICING WH QUESTIONS:

http://cvu.strath.ac.uk/ae/tutorial/usenew.html#QuestionTypes Here is a site where you can create your own set of WH questions on the web. You also have to put in the answers. Then your students can access the web page and answer your questions.

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/vm/ma-quesans01.html What, How, Where and Who questions are featured in the matching format quiz.

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/vm/ma-quesans02.html How, What, Do, and Can questions are featured in this matching format quiz.

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/vm/m-qa.html There are only ten questions in this matching format quiz, but both WH and Yes-NO question forms are tested. The WH forms are, Who, How, What, Why, Would, When, and Where.

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/vm/questform.html This is a metalinguistic task as the student is asked to decide if the question is grammatically correct or incorrect. If incorrect, the student is asked to correct it. WH questions are assessed.

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/vm/questform02.html This quiz asks for the appropriate WH question marker to complete a sentence - or - it asks for the appropriate sentence to go with the WH question marker provided. Twelve multiple choice questions with either two or three choices to choose from.

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/mc006-ck.html Thirty four multiple choice questions. Several different types of WH questions are asked and the student's task is to select the appropriate answer to the question from the choices listed.

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/9704/dg-wh.html This site offers a dialog between two boys. The student's task is to provide the correct WH question to complete the dialog. Choices are: Who, What, Where, Why, Which, When or How.

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/mc-www.html Ten multiple choice questions testing What, When, or Where.

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/lb/what.html Twenty multiple choice questions testing What, Which, or How.

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/vm/queswor.html Ten multiple choice questions in which the student has to supply the correct WH question form from a multiple choice list. The choices are: Who, Whose, What, When, Where, How much, How many, and How.

http://www.accentberlin.de/LEARNINGAREA/ENGLISHMATERIAL/GRAMMAR/VERB_FORMS/PRESENT/present_simple/08_present_simple_test_WH.htm This is an interesting approach to testing knowledge of WH question forms. The student has to type in the correct WH phrase to go with the clues provided. Feedback is provided after each response.

http://www.accentberlin.de/LEARNINGAREA/ENGLISHMATERIAL/GRAMMAR/VERB_FORMS/PRESENT/present_simple/09_present_simple_drill_WH.htm A prerecorded voice (adult English accent) makes a statement. The student's chore is to formulate the correct WH question to the statement. The prerecorded voice comes back and verifies the expected response. The program allows you to repeat the trial if the student is incorrect.

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/pastnq3.htm For each response opportunity, the student sees a small graphic and a statement about it. The student's task is to type in an appropriate WH question to go with the statement. Immediate feedback is given and if the student can't answer the probe, a hint is given. Just five questions and at a very easy level.

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/presnq3.htm For each response opportunity, the student sees a small graphic and a statement about it. The student's task is to type in an appropriate WH question to go with the statement. Immediate feedback is given and if the student can't answer the probe, a hint is given. Just five questions and at a very easy level.

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/200/grammar/quest1.htm A series of 14 very simple exercises. A graphic and a sentence is provided. The student must then make YES/NO questions or WH- questions from each sentence.

http://www.manythings.org/ss/questions.html Here are some scrambled sentences (10 in all). Figure out the correct word order and you'll be making some WH questions. Just click on the words and they will appear in the order you choose. A fun easy task. Appropriate for children who can only read single words.

http://www.manythings.org/pd/question-words-pd.html This is a little game where students drag the correct WH word to the appropriate sentence. Very easy. Students can read the sentences or the therapist can read the sentences to the child.

http://members.aol.com/Ccochran50/grammar.htm Here is a combination lesson and quiz on WH questions. Nice simple explanations of the meanings of different WH questions. There are ten multiple choice questions in the quiz.

http://www.grammar-cat.com/practice/questions/wh_questions_for_information.htm This is a matching exercise on WH questions. It's a nice format as it shows the connections between different WH question types and relevant answers.

http://www.accentberlin.de/LEARNINGAREA/ENGLISHMATERIAL/GRAMMAR/VERB_FORMS/PAST/past_simple_to_be/08_past_simple_to_be_test_WH.htm There are eight chances to respond. Children are presented with incomplete WH questions. They are asked to fill in the blank with the appropriate verb, either "was or were".

http://www.accentberlin.de/LEARNINGAREA/ENGLISHMATERIAL/GRAMMAR/VERB_FORMS/PAST/past_simple_to_be/09_past_simple_to_be_drill_WH.htm At this site students hear a statement such as; "When blank the last flight to Berlin?" Students are then supposed to repeat the sentence with the correct form of 'was or were'. Then the speaker repeats the sentence with the blank filled in (correct form). Children can check their pronunciation with the speaker's. The content of the sentences is very adult-like, so this site might be better for junior high - high school children

http://iteslj.org/quizzes/vm/questform02.html This site gives students a chance to create a dozen different WH question types. Very easy level.

http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Vines/8255/hp/qword.htm Ten opportunities to select the correct WH question word. Choose from: "Who", "What", "Where", "When","Why", "How"

http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Vines/8255/hp/qpr.htm This time you are given a bunch of words in a "word bin". Use the words to complete questions. There are ten questions to complete. This program gives you first letter clues to help you get the right answer.

 

tag Questions

The tag question in English is a phrase added to the main part of the sentence, inviting the listener to confirm or give an opinion about the comment. For example, "You like milk," {main statement} "don't you"? {the tag}.

WEB SITES FOR PRACTICING TAG QUESTIONS:

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/fb006-bp.html This ten question quiz is composed of sentences that take either a positive or negative tag. The students chore is to supply the appropriate tag.

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/mc-bd-tagq.html This is a twenty question multiple choice quiz. The student has to choose the correct tag to go with the statement from either two or three choices.

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/lb/tagqhh.html A ten question multiple choice quiz. Choose the correct response from three available choices. Choices are: Does he? Doesn't he? Did he?

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/lb/tagqds.html A ten question multiple choice quiz. Choose the correct response from three available choices. Choices are: Does she? Doesn't she? Did she?

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/lb/tagqhy.html A ten question multiple choice quiz. Choose the correct response from three available choices. Choices are:Have you? Are you? Do you?

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/vm/m-tag01.html This is a matching task. Match the sentence with an appropriate tag. Ten questions.

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/vm/m-tag02.html This is a matching task. Match the sentence with an appropriate tag. Ten questions.

http://www.eflnet.com/grammar/tags.htm Ten statements which the student must supply the correct tag to complete the sentence.

http://www.uni-lueneburg.de/einricht/fremd/fremdspr/walsh/qtags.htm Here is a matching exercise. Ten statements are given and students have to find the appropriate tag for each statement.

http://www.english-zone.com/teach/metoo1.html This is called The Copy Cat Game # 1. A copycat is someone who agrees with everything you say. Imagine your young brother copying everything you say - that's how this game is played. An example - I'm tired   - copycat answer: So am I.  or  I am too. For each statement the student has to choose the correct response from a multiple choice list. This is a primitive form of a tag question, before a grammatically correct tag question is acquired.

http://www.english-zone.com/teach/metoo2.html This is called The Copy Cat Game # 2. A copycat is someone who agrees with everything you say. Imagine your young brother copying everything you say - that's how this game is played. An example - I'm tired   - copycat answer: So am I.  or  I am too. For each statement the student has to choose the correct response from a multiple choice list. This is a primitive form of a tag question, before a grammatically correct tag question is acquired.

http://www.english-zone.com/teach/tags-pres2.html Here are some tag questions for the student to form with the simple present verb forms BE, DO, and HAVE. There are 40 chances to respond.

 

web sites galore:

WEB SITES FOR PRACTICING A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT QUESTION TYPES:

http://www.colby.edu/~bknelson/exercises/interrogatives.html SPANISH - This site lists five different exercises involving interrogative words. The fifth site listed is a listening exercise. Students listen to a female speaker asking questions, and must respond appropriately.

http://www.talkeasy.co.uk/link/materials/ques-neg.html At this web site students are given statements and are asked to turn them into questions. Then they are asked to turn their new questions into negative questions. Correct answers are provided.

http://www.grammar-cat.com/practice/questions/wh_questions.htm Both yes-no and WH questions are tested in the matching exercise. Students must match the questions with the correct answers. Nice idea to show the connections between questions and answers.

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Academy/1325/questgame1.html Here is a grid for a board game. Rules are the same as "Snakes and Ladders," but in this game the participants must correctly formulate a question which would be appropriate for the "answer" written in each of the squares. Good for a group activity.

http://iteslj.org/quizzes/vm/questform.html This site offers ten opportunities to respond. Students are asked to decide if the questions are grammatically correct or incorrect. Answers are given.

http://iteslj.org/quizzes/vm/indirectques.html Here is a site for students to practice forming indirect questions. A dozen opportunities to respond.

http://www.esl-lab.com/request.htm This is kind of fun. Students click on a PLAY button and they hear a voice asking a question. Then they must choose the correct answer to the question from three alternatives. There are 10 chances to respond.