[Vocabulary] Elicit versus Prompt.

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Henry G

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Hello from Mexico, Teachers.

I'm studying to get a certification as a teacher and I would appreciate your help on the difference between elicit and prompt.

By sheer definition, they seem to mean the same.

What I understand that I elicit something from my students and that I prompt them to do or say something. But can anyone explain the difference clearly or suggest where I can find more information?

Thanks for your help.
 

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How would you prompt a rule from a learner?
 

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There is a certain overlap. But 'prompting' someone helps them to 'follow a script'. It elicits from them a response (ideally, following the script). But you can elicit something without there being a 'script'.

Imagine a court case. An advocate wants a witness to say something, and he tries to elicit it. But if he prompts the witness to say it, the opposing counsel will object.

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