- What is the incentive that makes you study hard in school?
- Who do you think had the greatest impact on what you like to do: your mother, father, a relative, a friend, or a teacher?
- In this class, is there someone who has a distinct characteristic, for example, a way of talking, a hairstyle, a tattoo, a type of clothing, or a habit? Explain.
- Think about your life. Tell about a time when your life seemed unstable.
- Let’s say that you are a parent. What rule do you think that you would impose on your teenage children?
- Name a person whom you know that has an expertise in something? __________ What does that person have an expertise in?
Which of these two sentences below would be more fun for you to answer?
1) What is one significant event that happened in the world this past year?
2) What is one significant event that happened to you this past year?
Which of those two sentences would be more fun for you to hear your friend answer?
Which of those two sentences would be more likely to help you internalize the word “significant”?
It seems that the second one tends to be much more stimulating for students to answer. And, on top of that, it seems be the type of question which will help students retain the meaning of the word.
A few years ago, I started to add an additional vocabulary exercise titled “Applied Vocabulary” to the more traditional ones that I was assigning my students. In this, each new vocabulary word is embedded in a personal question about the students’ lives and experiences. For example: