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ESL forum > Techniques and methods in Language Teaching > What is your opinion when a teacher asks children the question "Do you understand?"    

What is your opinion when a teacher asks children the question "Do you understand?"


What is your opinion when a teacher asks children the question "Do you understand?"
Hello everybody!  I come from Viet nam. I study English Teacher Education (for primary school/ elementary)
I have to prepare one answer for test midterm. I �m not sure that i can make it but i have to give it a try!
" What is your opinion when a teacher asks children the question "Do you understand?"
In my  opinion:
It is not correct. Always ask students: "Do you understand ?"
When giving instructions and checking understanding, this question is not recommended, simply because students will always say, "Yes!" . They will be shy if say,"No!".
Effective to check understanding:
"What do you have to do?" "Then what do you do ?
" What is your opinion when a teacher asks children the question: "Do you understand?".
Nice to receive your opinions !
Please help me!
Thanks for your help ! 

6 Dec 2014      


I often ask my students that question concerning certain words (vocabulary). I explain vocabulary in English and Ss always tell me if they don �t understand a word, then I use L1, it �s a normal routine in my class. As for explaining grammar structures I don �t do that at all because I teach very young children. Hope this helps :)

6 Dec 2014     

United Kingdom

It �s not a recommended question as even if they say they do, they might be wrong. I still find myself doing it, though!

6 Dec 2014     

Saudi Arabia

I usyally say : Is it clear? And if something isn �t clear, they say Yes. :-)

6 Dec 2014     


Hi! I would like to interfere so I would ask my students the following questions:
Is it Clear? or shalll I repeat,?
If it is claer So I would ask them to give an example with a given new voc/ grammar rule...And If they are unable to give examples I would understand That it is not clear..................... 

6 Dec 2014     

United States

http://www.bridgetefl.com/do-you-ccq-using-concept-checking-questions-in-the-esl-classroom/ talks about using concept checking quetions in the ESL classroom/
Example: You have introduced vocabulary for the rooms of the house in your lesson. You could check the understanding of the word �shower � by asking this question: "Where do you shower, in the living room or bathroom?" If the students answers "In the living room," the teacher knows that the student has not understood.
https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/checking-understanding has some clear guidelines and offers a few examples. 

6 Dec 2014     


PLEASE, could you reduce the size of your font? Thank you.
Enjoy your weekend.

6 Dec 2014     


6 Dec 2014     

Peter Hardy

Questions like "Is it clear?" tell you as little as "Do you understand?".  "Shall I repeat?" has a similar effect, namely that you still don �t know if your SS got some kind of understanding.  The only way, which has many variations, is the use of concept checking questions.  Redcamerocruiser �s links are all you need in order to learn on how to do that.  (Although you should have learned that at teacher �s College or so.)

So KhongCoNick, there is only one thing to do now: please respond to isa2 �s request an reduce the font, please? Cheers, Peter

6 Dec 2014