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    Concept questions

    What is a 'concept question'?

    Thank you in advance.
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    Re: CCQ's

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    May I ask a question here?

    What is a 'concept question'?

    Thank you in advance.
    They're questions used by teachers to check whether learners have understood the underlying idea/meaning/concept of something- if you don't know that yesterday refers to the past, you haven't fully grasped the concept.

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    Re: Concept questions

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    May I ask a question here?

    What is a 'concept question'?

    Thank you in advance.
    I have moved your post to a new thread.

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    Re: CCQ's

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They're questions used by teachers to check whether learners have understood the underlying idea/meaning/concept of something- if you don't know that yesterday refers to the past, you haven't fully grasped the concept.
    See if my example is correct when referring to the word yesterday.

    - How do you say the day before today? (perhaps this is a stupid example) Is this an example of 'concept question'?

    Thanks
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: CCQ's

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    See if my example is correct when referring to the word yesterday.

    - How do you say the day before today? (perhaps this is a stupid example) Is this an example of 'concept question'?
    Not really. It's testing knowledge of the word 'yesterday'.

    A CCQ for 'yesterday' might be, "Today is Monday.; and yesterday ...?". If the response is 'Sunday' then the teacher knows that the concept of 'yesterday' is clear - for the moment, at least.

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    Re: CCQ's

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Not really. It's testing knowledge of the word 'yesterday'.

    A CCQ for 'yesterday' might be, "Today is Monday.; and yesterday ...?". If the response is 'Sunday' then the teacher knows that the concept of 'yesterday' is clear - for the moment, at least.
    So, you mean a 'concept question' doesn't really ask for definitions of the word (or expression or sentence)?

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    Re: CCQ's

    They check whether a student has understood a concept, rather than simply trotting out a dictionary definition or a grammar book's 'explanation' - which, however good, may not have been understood.

    Here's another example:

    S: What does 'manage' mean?
    T: In what context?
    S: "I managed to open the window."
    T: Demonstrates trying and finally succeeding then asks these context questions: Did I try to open the window.
    S: Yes
    T: Was it easy?
    S: No.
    T: Did I succeed in the end?
    S: Yes.

    Some teachers try to cut corners and just provide a definition: 'When you manage to do something, you try, find it difficult, and succeed in the end.' This is tempting and much easier. But it may slip over the S's head; the S may have been day-dreaming for the crucial few seconds during which the T imparted his/her words of wisdom.

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