Questioning is key to learning and language development not just in Literacy but across the curriculum. However, Many parents and educators are unsure how to stimulate children’s oral language development in play and reading. One good method, often used in Speech development, is “levels of questioning”. These “levels of questioning” were developed by Blank, Rose and Berlin (1978). The questions move from concrete to abstract.
Understanding the complexity of questions can help in simplifying language or in appropriately challenging language skills. Children need to understand and respond to all these levels of questions to function easily within a nursery or Foundation Stage classroom. Ages given in brackets are averages. Some 2-year olds may cope with level 2-3 questions, while some four year olds may need questions simplified to level 1-2.
Level One - Matching Perception
Focussing on specific aspects of the question. Includes identifying objects by function, describing and making basic classifications
Restructuring and reordering ideas. Includes assuming the role of another, formulating generalisations and making basic predictions
Problem solving at a higher level. Includes predictions, explanations and logical solutions.