Teaching Spanish Question Words. ¿Por qué? ¿Por qué no?

Speak more Spanish Question Words

Spanish Interrogatives are essential vocabulary for language students. Teaching how to ask questions empowers students to use their speaking skills from the very beginning. That’s why teachers often start with simple classroom expressions that help students take ownership of their language learning.  ¿Cómo se dice…? ¿Qué significa…? ¿Puedes repetir por favor? etc. And of course who can resist Sr. Wooly’s video for that most important of questions! ¿Puedo ir al baño?

Obviously, teaching how to ask questions empowers students to use their speaking skills from the very beginning, even if it is just to go the bathroom!

Teachers often start with simple classroom expressions that help students take ownership of their language learning.  ¿Cómo se dice…? ¿Qué significa…? ¿Puedes repetir por favor? etc. And of course who can resist Sr. Wooly’s video for that most important of questions! ¿Puedo ir al baño?

We know it’s important to teach Spanish question words but how can we make sure that these interrogative words are readily available for students at all times? The answer is simple, hang question word posters in a highly visible space in your classroom and then reference them while teaching. You can point out the question words and ask them to write one question on a scrap piece of paper about whatever topic you are teaching. Never hesitate to stop class and have students write a question.

For example, if you are watching a video about El Día de Muertos en Mexico, pause the video and ask students to write a simple question in Spanish:  ¿Por qué hay flores? or ¿Dónde están las personas? This will help put the vocabulary in context and make it easier to memorize them.

As students move up in levels, their questions will get more complex but they will ALWAYS be happy to have those essential interrogatives on the wall!

  It’s important to ask questions so we teach the Spanish question words!

It’s important to ask questions so we teach the Spanish question words!

We designed Spanish Question Word posters that work for any level. Each poster contains a big, bold version of the these high frequency words so students can see them from the back of the room. Each word is paired with a colorful cultural item, joke or fun graphic. Finally, there is a Spanish question included on each poster to provide context. There are versions with English translations and versions with just Spanish words. You can see the full set here!

 
  Games are great way to learn Spanish!

Games are great way to learn Spanish!

We also made a fun concentration game with an alien theme. These word bricks can be used for centers, pair work and more.  Students can match the words with their English translations or match them by the answers to the Spanish question for a Spanish only experience. Students love playing this game!

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You may also like our previous blog post on how to write interesting questions for speaking activities like dictations, interviews and surveys. Click here to read how you can use these easy prep ideas in your language lesson today.

  Gamify your Spanish class with question cards!

Gamify your Spanish class with question cards!

¡Las palabras para hacer preguntas en español son vocabulario esencial!

How do you teach question words in your classroom?

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