What is a 'concept question'?
Thank you in advance.
Last edited by tzfujimino; 11-Jun-2012 at 17:15.
Not a teacher.
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.
T: Was it easy?
T: Did I succeed in the end?
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.