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Follow Up Questions

Follow Up Questions

Students practice asking follow up questions while discussing a topic in their group.

Level:  Intermediate

Topic:  Warmer

Time:  40 minutes


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Assign groups of 4 to 5 people.


Ask students to assign letters to each person in the group – A, B, C, and D. Randomly choose a letter to be the scorekeeper (e.g., all letter Bs will be the scorekeeper in the group).


Ask the scorekeepers to get a piece of paper and write down each group member’s name.


The students’ task is to practice follow up questions in their group.  Explain that a conversation does not have to stop after a question is answered. Another question can be asked about the same general topic to continue the conversation. 


Give students a topic. 

Sample Topics:

Food, Vacation, Movies, Music, Free time


Give the students 2 minutes to have a conversation about the topic. Each time a student asks a follow up question, he or she gets a point. The follow up question must be relevant according to the group members.


After 2 minutes, change topics and continue asking follow up questions and answering.


The winner is the student in each group with the most points.

Extended Practice

The winner from each group stands at the front and has a 2 minute conversation. The rest of the students are the scorekeepers. The winner is the student with the most points.


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