SLC: Responding

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Responding


You will need to know how to respond in a thoughtful, detailed and relevant way to questions.

You should also know how to expand and go into more detail when prompted.

 

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Responding


 

Make sure that you remain polite (say ‘please‘, ‘thank you‘ etc.)

 

When you are asked a question, think about what you have already said, and then think about what could be relevant to the question.

 

Look out for key words in the question to help guide your response.

 

Does the question ask for a fact or an opinion?


For example:

‘To what extent do you agree with the government’s decision?’

 

is asking for your own thoughts and opinion on the matter.

 

However, the question:

‘What did the government decide to do?’

 

is asking for facts and the specific details.


 

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Question Words


What each main question word is asking for:


Where – a location

  • Q: Where did you go on holiday?
  • A: Barbados.

How – a method

  • Q: How did you travel to work today?
  • A: I took the train.

Why – a reason

  • Q: Why did you go to the shops?
  • A: I needed to buy some eggs.

Who – a person/organisation

  • Q: Who painted this picture?
  • A:  The man with the paintbrush did.

What – all of the above!


Location:

  • Q: What is the address?
  • A: 10 Downing Street.

 

Method:

  • Q: What is the quickest way to the station?
  • A: Turn right, then left at the next junction.

 

Reason:

  • Q: What was your thought process behind that?
  • A: I thought it was the most efficient way.

 

Person/Organisation:

  • Q: What brand of shoes are you wearing?
  • A: Nike.

 

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Remember your answers to questions should be much more detailed than these examples!

Think about what relevant information will answer the question fully and provide evidence.

Examples: Opinion


 

Think‘, ‘feel‘, ‘agree‘, ‘disagree‘, and question marks.

All of these are key indicators of opinion.

 

There are many phrases which will help you to identify if you are being asked for your opinion.

Here are a few main ones that you should look out for…

 

  • ‘Why do you think…’

 

  • ‘What are your thoughts on…’

 

  • ‘What do you prefer ‘

 

  • ‘Is it acceptable to…’

 


 

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Examples: Fact


 

Found‘, ‘shows‘, ‘know‘, ‘causes‘, and quotation marks.

All of these are key indicators of fact.

 

There are many phrases which will help you to identify if you are being asked for a fact.

 


 

Here are a few main ones that you should look out for…

 

  • ‘How many…’

 

  • ‘When did this…’

 

  • ‘What evidence…’

 

  • ‘Please could you explain…’

 


 

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