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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

International Ask A Question Day is on March 13. Its goal is to improve our knowledge and lives by asking more and better questions. The Inquiry Institute tells us that “A question not asked is a door not opened.” The best question askers know how to open many doors, even locked ones! The QuestionDay.com website encourages us to become an “outstanding question asker”. It tells us how we can build our “curiosity muscle” to make us more successful in life by asking the right questions. Part of who we are is to ask questions and fully using the power of questions. It is one of the first things infants do when they learn to talk. Small children are outstanding at asking very difficult questions – just ask any parent!

The Inquiry Institute has a list of the top twelve questions that will bring you success. These include asking yourself exactly what it is you want, and then making sure your question answers this. Another good question is “How else can I think about this?” Such a question can make you look at a situation from a different angle and give you new and better ideas and questions. There is also a question that gets you to look at a situation from the viewpoint of others: “What is the other person thinking, feeling, and wanting?” This may give you successful questions in a business deal. A follow-up question could be “How can I turn this into a win-win situation?” The final question on their list is: “What is possible?” This is a great question to ask. Ask it today.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Its goal is to improve our

a.

to make us more successful

2

A question not asked is

b.

is to ask questions

3.

build our “curiosity muscle”

c.

asking very difficult questions

4.

Part of who we are

d.

things infants do

5.

It is one of the first

e.

knowledge and lives

6.

children are outstanding at

f.

a door not opened

 

Paragraph 2

1.

twelve questions that will

a.

exactly what it is you want

2

These include asking yourself

b.

viewpoint of others

3.

look at a situation from

c.

win situation

4.

look at a situation from the

d.

question

5.

follow-up

e.

bring you success

6.

turn this into a win-

f.

a different angle


LISTENING GAP FILL

International Ask A Question Day is on March 13. Its goal is to improve our knowledge ___________________ more and better questions. The Inquiry Institute tells us that “A question not asked is a door not opened.” The best question askers know how to open many doors, ___________________! The QuestionDay.com website encourages us to become an “outstanding question asker”. It tells us how we can build ___________________” to make us more successful in life by asking the right questions. ___________________ is to ask questions and fully using the power of questions. It is one of the first things infants do when they learn to talk. Small children ___________________ asking very difficult questions – just ask any parent!

The Inquiry Institute has a list of the top twelve questions that will ___________________. These include asking yourself exactly what it is you want, and then making sure your question answers this. Another good question is “How ___________________ about this?” Such a question can make you look at a situation ___________________ and give you new and better ideas and questions. There is also a question that gets you to look at a situation from ___________________ others: “What is the other person thinking, feeling, and wanting?” This may give you successful questions in a business deal. A follow-up question could be “How can I turn ___________________ situation?” The final question on their list is: “What is possible?” This is a great question to ask. Ask it today.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

International Ask A Question Day is on March 13. Its __________ is to improve our knowledge and lives by asking more and better questions. The Inquiry Institute tells us that “A question not asked is a __________ not opened.” The best question askers know how to open many doors, even __________ ones! The QuestionDay.com website encourages us to become an “outstanding question __________”. It tells us how we can build our “curiosity muscle” to make us more successful in life by asking the __________ questions. Part of who we are is to ask questions and __________ using the power of questions. It is one of the first things __________ do when they learn to talk. Small children are outstanding at asking very difficult questions – just ask any __________!

 

 

 

fully
locked
right
parent
goal
infants
door
asker

The Inquiry Institute has a __________ of the top twelve questions that will bring you success. These include asking yourself __________ what it is you want, and then making sure your question __________ this. Another good question is “How else can I think about this?” Such a question can make you look at a situation from a different __________ and give you new and better ideas and questions. There is also a question that gets you to look at a situation from the __________ of others: “What is the other person thinking, feeling, and wanting?” This may give you successful questions in a business __________. A follow-up question could be “How can I __________ this into a win-win situation?” The final question on their list is: “What is __________?” This is a great question to ask. Ask it today.

 

 

deal
 
angle
exactly
turn
possible
list
viewpoint
answers


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

International Ask A Question Day is on March 13. Its goal is to improve our knowing / knowledge and lives by asking more and better questions. The Inquiry Institute tells us that “A question not asking / asked is a door not opened.” The best question askers know / knowledge how to open many doors, even locked / locking ones! The QuestionDay.com website encourages us to become an “outstanding question asker”. It tells us how we can built / build our “curiosity muscle” to make us more successful in life by asking the right questions. Part / Party of who we are is to ask questions and fully using the power of questions. It is one of the first things infants do when they learn to say / talk. Small children are outstanding at asking very difficult question / questions – just ask any parent!

The Inquiry Institute has a list of the top twelve questions that will bring you success / successful. These include asking yourself exact / exactly what it is you want, and then making sure your question answers this. Another good question is “How more / else can I think about this?” Such a question can make you look at a situation from a different angle / corner and give you new and better ideas and questions. There is also a question that gets you to look at a situation from the viewpoint of other / others: “What is the other person thinking, feeling, and wanting?” This may give / given you successful questions in a business dealt / deal. A follow-up question could be “How can I turn this into a win-win situation?” The final / finally question on their list is: “What is possible?” This is a great question to ask. Ask it today.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

International Ask A Question Day is on March 13. Its goal is to (1) ____ our knowledge and lives by asking more and better questions. The Inquiry Institute tells us that “A question not (2) ____ is a door not opened.” The best question askers know how to open many doors, even locked ones! The QuestionDay.com website encourages us (3) ____ become an “outstanding question asker”. It tells us how we can build our “curiosity muscle” to make us more (4) ____ in life by asking the right questions. Part of who we are is to ask questions and (5) ____ using the power of questions. It is one of the first things infants do when they learn to talk. Small children are outstanding (6) ____ asking very difficult questions – just ask any parent!

The Inquiry Institute has a list of the top twelve questions that will bring you (7) ____. These include asking yourself exactly what it is you want, and then making sure your question answers this. Another good question is “How (8) ____ can I think about this?” Such a question can make you look at a situation from a different angle and give you new and better ideas and questions. There is also a question that gets you to look at a situation from the viewpoint (9) ____ others: “What is the other person thinking, feeling, and wanting?” This may give you successful questions in a business          (10) ____. A follow-up question could be “How can I (11) ____ this into a win-win situation?” The final question on their list is: “What is possible?” This is a great question to ask. (12) ____ it today.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

improvement

(b)

improving

(c)

improve

(d)

improves

2.

(a)

asked

(b)

asking

(c)

asks

(d)

asker

3.

(a)

at

(b)

by

(c)

to

(d)

on

4.

(a)

success

(b)

successes

(c)

succeed

(d)

successful

5.

(a)

full

(b)

fully

(c)

fill

(d)

filling

6.

(a)

at

(b)

to

(c)

for

(d)

of

7.

(a)

successful

(b)

success

(c)

succeed

(d)

succeeding

8.

(a)

else

(b)

more

(c)

other

(d)

way

9.

(a)

at

(b)

by

(c)

of

(d)

in

10.

(a)

dealt

(b)

deal

(c)

dealer

(d)

dealings

11.

(a)

turning

(b)

turning

(c)

turn up

(d)

turn

12.

(a)

Asking

(b)

Asks

(c)

Asker

(d)

Ask


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

imeporv our knowledge

2.

a door not edonep

3.

more uscescsful in life

4.

fylul using the power

5.

they anrle to talk

6.

ask any rntepa

 

Paragraph 2

7.

the top eewtvl questions

8.

laytexc what it is

9.

look at a otsiaunti

10.

a different anelg

11.

the viewpoint of rtseoh

12.

a win-win oiaunitts


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

viewpoint of others: “What is the other person thinking, feeling, and wanting?” This may give you successful

1  )

International Ask A Question Day is on March 13. Its goal is to improve our knowledge and lives by asking more and

(    )

asking yourself exactly what it is you want, and then making sure your question answers this. Another good question

(    )

successful in life by asking the right questions. Part of who we are is to ask questions and fully using the power of

(    )

questions in a business deal. A follow-up question could be “How can I turn this into a win-win situation?” The final

(    )

better questions. The Inquiry Institute tells us that “A question not asked is a door not opened.” The best question

(    )

questions. It is one of the first things infants do when they learn to talk. Small children are

(    )

you new and better ideas and questions. There is also a question that gets you to look at a situation from the

(    )

become an “outstanding question asker”. It tells us how we can build our “curiosity muscle” to make us more

(    )

outstanding at asking very difficult questions – just ask any parent!

(    )

is “How else can I think about this?” Such a question can make you look at a situation from a different angle and give

(    )

askers know how to open many doors, even locked ones! The QuestionDay.com website encourages us to

(    )

The Inquiry Institute has a list of the top twelve questions that will bring you success. These include

(    )

question on their list is: “What is possible?” This is a great question to ask. Ask it today.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

knowledge    is    and    to    lives    improve    Its    our    goal

2.

opened    is    A    a    question    door    not    not    asked

3.

who    ask    we    questions    are    Part    is    of    to

4.

one    infants    of    do    the    It    first    is    things

5.

difficult    very    asking    at    outstanding    are    children    questions

6.

will    top    bring    twelve    you    questions    success    that    the

7.

it    what    exactly    yourself    asking    want    you    is

8.

the    at    viewpoint    a    of    situation    others    from    look

9.

give   questions   business   may   successful   a   This   you   in   deal

10.

How    situation    win    -    win    a    into    this    turn    I    can    ?   


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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THE INTERNATIONAL ASK A QUESTION DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about International Ask A Question Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about International Ask A Question Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about International Ask A Question Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about International Ask A Question Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about International Ask A Question Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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