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How to encourage learners to ask questions in class

on February 10, 2015

As raising questions is of critical importance to effective learning, how to encourage the learner to raise good probing questions becomes a chief concern for us instructors. In the article, Emphasis on Teaching: the Importance of Questions, Marshall Brain starts his emphasis on the importance of questioning in teaching, and goes on with suggestions on how to encourage learners to ask questions in class, including some ways to promote the learner’s questions and how to avoid negative pressures which keep the learners from asking questions. I especially love his closing remarks, “A good question-asking environment is a fragile and delicate thing. It must be nurtured every day. Once a good environment is created however, it can make a significant contribution to the quality of your class.” It show how critically importance to create and maintain a positive learning environment in education.

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