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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsI quite like to ask my learners to predict what is going to happen, especially at the beginning of a course. It has to do with motivation, involvement, ownership to a certain extent. And by predicting-- predicting is not far from expressing curiosity. That's one of the things as a teacher, which as a teacher I would very much like to generate among my learners, making them curious about what is going to happen.

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 secondsAll different kind of questions-- the questions should be like-- for me, it's necessary to understand if the content is understandable, if they caught the main idea of the text or videos which we see during the lessons and also to encourage them thinking to develop their thinking skills, to develop the skills to predict, to analyze. And do you have some examples that you could share with us, OK? OK. I'll use the subject of history this time. If I want learners to predict, I'll try and find an image of an event in the past. So it could be from the internet or from a course book.

Skip to 1 minute and 34 secondsAnd I may, before they learn about it, ask them to predict who's in the picture, when it was, where it was, and then to predict what they're going to learn about. After learning about it, I might ask them to hypothesize and say, OK, what do you think could have happened after this event? So that that's much more demanding in their thinking skills and probably can't be done at the start of learning a subject.

Questioning to develop predicting and hypothesising skills

How do we get learners to think about and express what they think will happen or might have happened? In this video Franz, Kay and Irina talk about predicting and hypothesising and give examples of how they get learners to do this in their subject areas.

For example, What do you think will happen to the average cost of products if companies expand?

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  • Why does Franz think it’s important for learners to be able to predict and hypothesise?
  • How do Irina and Kay help learners to predict and hypothesise?

  • You can compare your answers with those in the document below, where you can also see further examples.

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    Do you need to get your learners to predict and hypothesise in your lessons? Why or why not? Join the discussion and tell us what you think.

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