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1-2-3-4-5
An Easy Way to Make Questions in English
(yes/no & information questions)
Prepared for the Communications Competencies Center University of Puerto Rico at Humacao Title V Project

Aníbal Muñoz Claudio
August 2006

Contents
Introduction …………………………………………………………………………….…i General objective …………………………………………………………………………ii Specific Objectives …………………………………………………………….…………ii

Directions: How to Use this Module? ………………………………………………........... Diagnostic Activity……….………………………………………………………….. …… General Review: English syntactical structures for questions….. ………………………… How does the 1-2-3-4-5 format works..……………………………………………............ Making yes/no and information questions with the verb to be……………………………. Making yes/no and information questions with the simple present tense (DO and DOES)…………………………………………………………………………… Making yes/no and information questions with the simple past tense (DID)……............... Making yes/no and information questions with progressive (continuous) tenses…………. Making yes/no and information questions with the perfect tense (HAVE, HAS, HAD)……………………………………………………………………… Making yes/no and information questions with the future tense (will) and with other auxiliary verbs (modals)……………………………………………............

Special considerations, negative statements and other considerations……………………. Final Test…………………………………………………………………………………. Answers (practice exercises)………………………………………………………............ Bibliography……………………………………………………………………………….

Introduction
This module is intended for those students enrolled in Basic English courses at university undergraduate level. It is specifically designed to help those students who exhibit difficulties when using syntactical structures to make questions (affirmative & negative) and responses in the English language. The module will serve as a resourceful guideline for the students to write questions in the correct English syntax without any difficulties.

This module includes a complete series of simple instructions, activities, and easy exercises that will guide and help the students, step by step, in the process of making yes/no questions and information questions properly. It is highly recommended for students enrolled in basic courses who are in need to develop strong syntacticwriting fundamentals in order to proceed to more advanced writing works at later stages of their academic and/or professional life.

Although the 1-2-3-4-5 format applies in the same way to mostly all questions, the module is divided in small units of content and activities to facilitate learning. Each unit works and discusses different variations of questions depending on the verb tenses (or other linguistic structures) thus, providing hands-on exercises and practice for the benefit of students. At the same time, the module provides other valuable resources such as Spanish examples and internet links for the students to compliment their learning. Finally, the module also includes a diagnostic test and a post test for the students to assess their learning and comprehension of the material given.

General Objective
1. Upon completing this module, the students will write correct yes/no questions and information questions in English while using the 1-2-3-4-5 format effectively.

Specific Objectives
1. By working with this module the students will:
a. Write correct yes/no questions and information questions with the verb to be using the 1-2-3-4-5 format effectively. b. Write correct yes/no questions and information questions with do and does (simple present) using the 1-2-3-4-5 format effectively. c. Write correct yes/no questions and information questions with did (simple past) using the 1-2-3-4-5 format effectively. d. Write correct yes/no questions and information questions with progressive tenses (present and past progressive) using the 1-2-3-4-5 format effectively. e. Write correct yes/no questions and information questions with perfect tenses (have, has, and had) using the...
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