English Pedagogy / Teaching Apt – Practice Questions 01

Below are some practice questions on the topic – Principles of Language Teaching.

Q1. Which of the following is a pre-requisite to learning a language?

a) Motivation

b) Habit Formation

c) Imitation

d) Oral Approach

Q2. For English as a second language, the principle of habit formation means

i) Forming habits of speech, listening, reading & writing

ii) Forming habits of correct spellings & pronunciation

iii) Forming habits of reading other books

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

a) i) only

b) ii, iii

c) i, ii, iii

d) ii only

Q3. Selection of language items while determining the second language syllabus should take into account ________

a) the minimal disruption of school schedule

b) how easy it is to learn / use the item

c) how easy it is to teach the concept

d) the frequency and range of use of the items

Q4. Motivation is an important factor in language learning. For example, in class VI, __________________ may be done.

a) memorization and use of necessary vocabulary

b) systematic analysis and use of structures

c) use of visual devices and game like exercises

d) use of the mother tongue as the ‘medium’

Q5. Second Language Acquisition is more effective when it________

a) is used as the basis for discussing grammatical concepts

b) involves periodic revision work by the teacher and students

c) involves mostly self-study by students, using certain guidelines

d) is practiced in situations familiar to students

Q6. A foreign / non-mother tongue language teacher often faces the problem of a class full of reluctant, unmotivated learners. This can be helped by 

a) Using methods and strategies to motivate and make learning more challenging in the class.

b) Taking the help of an academic counselor who will address the class.

c) Identifying the students who are ‘unmotivated’ and taking a special class for them.

d) Encouraging learners to take their own time to complete assignments.

Q7. Language learners learn to do by doing. Which activity supports this observation?

a) Opportunities to practice as it helps with habit formation

b) Encourage the use of their mother tongue to promote better understanding of the meaning of a prescribed text.

c) Go from concrete to abstract texts

d) The teacher models the writing and speaking styles which learners copy

Q8. What is taught is not what is learnt because

a) A teacher or learner can never fully master and discipline

b) Students pay attention during informal discussion

c) A teacher’s socio-economic level may differ widely from the students

d) Students possess different abilities, personalities and come from a variety of backgrounds

Q9. Learners are involved in individual activities pair work / group work and whole class work because these

a) Provide the learners enough opportunities to release in a language classroom

b) Have the sole aim of introducing variety in a language classroom

c) Enable to already over-worked teacher to preserve her energy thereby becoming more effective

d) Provide the learners opportunities to use the language in a focused manner for real-life interaction

Q10. When young learners seem to lose interest in a lesson, the teacher should

a) Tell a story or conduct an interesting activity

b) Ask them to sit quietly for some time

c) Allow them to go out and play

d) Ask them to sleep for a while

Q11. _________ is a pre-requisite to learning a language.

a) Motivation

b) Reading stories

c) Knowing words and their meanings

d) Knowledge of grammar

Q12. One of the principles of materials preparation for language learning is that

a) Complex materials should be chosen

b) Grading of materials should be done

c) Any kinds of materials can be chosen

d) A small amount of material should be introduced

Q13. After a story-telling session, the learners are asked to change the ending of the story. This will help the learners

a) Understand grammar better

b) Develop library reference skills

c) Evaluate the teacher’s originality

d) Become imaginative and creative

Q14. While determining the second language syllabus, we have to take into account

a) That the subject matter should not be limited to class and teacher only

b) Single text book should not be presented over a year

c) It should be based on both skills and meaning

d) All the above

Q15. To make the learners imaginative and creative

a) Provide opportunities to use the language in a focused manner for real life situations

b) Ask them to change the end of the story

c) Allow them freedom with increased choice of curricular activities

d) Use methods and strategies to motivate them and make learning more challenging

Answer Key :

  • 1 – a
  • 2 – c
  • 3 – d
  • 4 – c
  • 5 – d
  • 6 – a
  • 7 – a
  • 8 – d
  • 9 – d
  • 10 – a
  • 11 – a
  • 12 – b
  • 13 – d
  • 14 – d
  • 15 – b

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