Robert W. Hatton (M.A., Middlebury College) is Professor of Modern Languages at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.
On Asking Questions and Getting Answers
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1978 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 11, Issue 3, pages 265–269, May 1978
How to Cite
Hatton, R. W. (1978), On Asking Questions and Getting Answers. Foreign Language Annals, 11: 265–269. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1978.tb00035.x
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT The question-answer technique has long been a basic, essential part of the second language class. Spoken communication, however, does not exist solely of questions and answers. This article describes a question-answer technique based on authenticity of form and content which has applicability at virtually all levels of instruction. In a carefully sequenced, step-by-step process, students are led from the initial automatic response stage to the point where they are capable of providing definitions, rephrasing content, or expressing opinions in the second language. This technique also provides for total class involvement in a relaxed atmosphere.