IO Discussion questions

In the final 5 minutes of the 15-minute individual oral, teachers will ask the student questions to elaborate on what was already said and to provide an opportunity to explore the works and extracts further. Good discussions should not be leading or closed, like a quiz. Instead they should be open-ended and encourage deeper analysis and further evaluation of the extracts, the works from which they were taken and the global issue to which they connect. Here are some useful starters:

Google Doc: IO disucussion questions
  • Identify
    • You said… What did you mean by that?
    • You said… Why is this global issue significant and relevant?
    • You said… What kind of target audience did the writer have in mind?
    • You said… Where do you see evidence of that?
  • Understand
    • You said… How does this work reflect the context in which it was written?
    • You said… How does this work reflect the writer’s message or bias? 
    • You said… How does the reader’s understanding of the global issue change when reading or watching this?
  • Apply
    • You said… How is this work typical of its text type?
    • You said… How is this extract typical or indicative of the work?
  • Analyse
    • You said… Why do you think the writer uses that technique to convey that message?
    • You said… How does the work comment critically on the global issue?
  • Evaluate
    • How accurate is the text in presenting the global issue?
    • How persuasive is the text in impacting the reader?
    • To what extent does the text present a solution to a problem? Could it bring about change in the world or people’s behaviour?
  • Compare (optional)
    • How do the works present the global issue in similar or different ways?
    • Which text is more effective in presenting the global issue?

Perhaps the best question any teacher can ask any student is: "What makes you say that?" How will you show the reasoning behind your arguments? That's right, think of the IO as a persuasive presentation, convincing your teacher that your insight into the texts is most insightful. 

Last modified: Monday, 16 January 2023, 6:37 PM