How to Teach Question Tags
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Learning English is difficult, isn’t it?
Question tags are structures we use to prompt a comment from the listener. They are essentially not questions, but rather a way to get feedback from the person we are speaking to. Question tags are used in spoken English and not written English and more in informal than formal situations. Formulating question tags is not difficult but instead the challenge for our EFL students comes in using them fluently and appropriately. All of these factors must be considered when teaching them to your students. (Trouble with motivating your EFL students?)
Focus on form
Firstly, make sure your students are aware of the structure of question tags:
- If a statement is positive, the tag will be negative. If the statement is negative, the tag will be positive.
- Use the first auxiliary in the statement in the tag and invert the auxiliary and the subject.
- If there is no auxiliary, use do.
Look at these examples which illustrate these points:
It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it?
You’re not hungry, are you?
You live here, don’t you?
Use guided discovery
While it would be easy to spell out the formula to your students, rather use guided discovery and let them figure out the rules for themselves. You can do this by providing the students with a conversation which has a few question tags in them and give the students time to compare and contrast the different examples. Because this is a relatively straightforward structure, they should have no difficulty discovering the formula for themselves. (How to get your students conversing)
Focus on function
As mentioned before, the trick with question tags is knowing how to use them appropriately. Provide your students with numerous examples of dialogues with question tags, so that they can get a feel for when it is relevant to use them and what responses are expected; this is the key to sounding natural in English.
Allow time for practice
Give your students ample examples of question tags which they need to form in order for them to practice the form of the structure. Spending time on this will give your students confidence that they can produce the structure accurately and appropriately.
Now put your students in situations in which they can practice question tags in a free context. In other words, set up a situation in which your students will need to use question tags and let them come up with their own creative productions. One example would be for the students to write down a set of facts they think is true of their classmates. They can then mingle and, by using question tags, find out if they were right or wrong.
For example: I think Sara comes from Basel.
Sara, you come from Basel, don’t you?
Using question tags is a way of sounding very natural and so it is an important skill for our EFL students to master. By following these ideas you’ll be guaranteed that your students will soon be using question tags effortlessly.
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In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.