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Dear colleagues, When you teach your students to think and express what they think, not just repeat what you say or the book says, which of the wh-words do you consider the most important: who, what, where, when, how or why?

8 Sep 2014      

Russian Federation

Hi! Thank you for a good question. To my mind, the formulation of independent ideas should start with "what" to denote what students would like to express. Maybe it is this word that contributes to making up a good plan for communicating your ideas, consequently, it seems to be the most important. The other interrogative words give a specification, that īs why they may be inferioir to "what".
Actually, it depends and I don īt think it is the one possible way to teach students speculate...Ermm 

9 Sep 2014     

United States

I would say "how" - it forces them to analyze the situation.

9 Sep 2014     


I agree with Douglas... and I woud definitely add Why?- students are forced to think of different possibilities for themselves.

9 Sep 2014     


I like "why" - it forces justification of opinions.

24 Sep 2014