English for Speakers of Other Languages

24. Ask & Answer Clarifying & Informational Questions

Level: Early Advanced/Advanced

Corresponding State Language Forms

Detailed questions with who, what, when, where, why and how.

Detailed questions with expanded verb phrases.

Varied, specific questions clarifying procedures or content.

At the end of this language function, students will be able to...

  • Formulate and answer informational and clarifying questions
  • Ask for directions
  • Ask questions about text or content

Sample Language Patterns:

Formulate informational and clarifying questions
  • When was….?
  • Why did/have/had….?
  • Have/has/had + been + ing ____?
  • Can you (we/they) if…?
  • What would you like to be called?
  • How many ___ did you ___?
  • Have you …?
  • How much ___ have you …?
  • How many ____will you…?
Ask for directions:
  • Is the ___?
  • How can I get to the ___?
  • I have not seen…where are the…?
  • Do you have any idea were I can/might find the ___?
  • How far do I need to go to get ___?
Ask questions about text or content:
(This is not an all inclusive list).
  • What is the purpose of/for…?
  • What are we going to do if…?
  • What are we supposed to do in case of…?
  • What else do we need to do to complete the problem?
  • Am I doing this experiment right?
  • What is your interpretations of the facts?
  • Do you think I need more…?
  • It was hard to understand this passage. Could you ___ again?
  • What have you been ___ to ___?
  • Could you tell me what she/he/it uses to…?
  • Where have you been?
  • Is the ___ the way you had imagined it?
  • How has ____ affected _____?