Getting Your Students To Make Long(er) Answers!  Original post February 2018


Hi there,


An easy way to get longer answers from your students is to “recycle” the questions and slowly add more and more “information”.


An answer to a basic question such as “Do you like watching TV?” could for example evolve like this:


Yes, I do. I like watching TV.

No I don’t. I don’t like watching TV.


The next step is adding some new information, but (if possible) still using the same verb:


Yes, I do. I like watching TV. I like watching the news.

No I don’t. I don’t like watching TV. I like watching YouTube videos.


The next step is adding time related information, which might differ depending on your student’s level:


Yes, I do. I like watching TV. I like watching the news. I watch the news every day.

No I don’t. I don’t like watching TV. I like watching YouTube videos. I usually watch YouTube videos after school.


The next step is adding this information to a different type of question:


Do you want to watch TV?


Yes, I do. I like watching TV. I want to watch the news. I watch the news every day.

No I don’t. I don’t like watching TV. I want to watch YouTube videos. I usually watch YouTube videos after school.


If you build things up slowly, it will boost your student’s English communication skills  and your student's confidence. I can't think of any better reward than that....


Well... that's it for today again....   Thanks for stopping by and until next time!


Jay