Question tags lesson plan
The aim of this lesson plan is to develop students’ understanding of the use of question tags. The activity includes:
- eliciting students awareness of the use of question tags,
- sentence matching and gap-filling exercises
- followed by an active practice of question tags forms.
The lesson plan
1. Auxiliary Verbs
Divide the class into small groups. Start by a yes/no questions exercise to activate students knowledge about the right use of the auxiliary verbs.
Do you like soccer? – Yes, I do.
Have you got any brothers or sisters? – No, I haven’t.
Are you good at mathematics?
Did you watch TV yesterday?
Can you speak Chinese?
2. Introducing Question Tags
Introduce question tags by writing model examples on the board.
You are French, aren’t you?
You like jogging in the morning, don’t you?
You don’t like jogging in the afternoon, do you?
You went to the gym yesterday, didn’t you?
He didn’t go to a restaurant, did he?
Students discuss the different examples of question tags and notice how they are formed. They also should be able to see that question tags are mainly used to keep a conversation going, or confirm information and that using question tags necessitates a keen understanding of the use of various auxiliary verbs.
3. Matching Exercise
Students match question tags:
|You are mad about playing chess,…||…isn’t it?|
|He isn’t working now,…||…had he?|
|They won’t visit New York,….||…does it?|
|He hasn’t done his job,…||…are they?|
|She found a necklace,…||…don’t they|
|She isn’t an honest girl,…||…won’t they?|
|They do an excellent job,…||…is she?|
|It doesn’t matter,…||…didn’t she?|
|They’ll fail,…||…has he?|
|They are coming,…||…will they?|
|He hadn’t read the book before,…||…is he?|
|This is amazing,…||…aren’t you?|
4. Gap Filling
Students then do the exercise below to enhance the use of the tag question. this time they have to complete the tag questions
- You didn’t visit the museum, ________
- He’s happy to make the trip, __________
- They’ll meet at the airport on Sunday, _________
- She’s single, __________
- You wrote that poem, _________
- You love singing, ___________
- She doesn’t speak English well, ________
- He hadn’t lived there before, ________
- They have done a good job, __________
5. Active Practice of Question Tags
Ask each student to write information about themselves in the form of simple statements answering questions like:
- What’s your name?
- Where do you come from?
- What did you do yesterday evening?
Collect the statements and re-distribute the sheets to different students. Each student then uses the statements to form question tags, addressing the question to the student who has written the statements.
- Your name is Alan, isn’t it?
- You come from Spain, don’t you?
- You aren’t French, are you?