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The question and answer (Q&A) session is an essential part of any seminars. Good questions stimulate the audience intellectually and create an exciting atmosphere. Questions can also become an eye-opener for the presenter towards an entirely new direction of research.
In this activity you will explore how to ask and answer questions in seminars. And you will learn useful expressions and tips with regard to asking and answering questions in seminars.
Recall some Q&A sessions in any seminars you have experienced and make your intuitive judgement.
Look at each of these statements about good notes and decide if they are true or false. Then read the feedback.
1) In order to show your attention on seminar, you could ask a question which is even asked by someone else.
2) In order to impress the speaker or other audience present, you could show what you have achieved in that field when asking a question.
3) In order to make the speaker understand your question, you could make a long context.
4) In order to show your respect and love to the speaker, you could try to butter up the speakers or get too personal.
5) In order to show you have paid thorough attention to the speaker’s ideas, you could ask questions with multiple parts.
6) If you don’t understand a question, confirm it!
7) If you need time to answer a question, ask for it.
8) If you are going into detailed explanations, give a short and direct answer first.
9) If you don’t know the answer, be honest and say you don’t know!
There are some short statements with some words missing. Please fill in the blanks with the expressions provided.
Here are four ways of checking with the speaker. Write in the missing pairs of words.
Below you will find the request for clarification. Select the missing word.
Put the following responses to questions into four groups:
1. I’m afraid I don’t see the connection.
2 Sorry, I don’t follow you.
3. I don’t know that off the top of my head.3 I don’t know that off the top of my head.
4.Can I get back to you on that?
5. I think I answered that earlier.5. I think I answered that earlier.
6. Good point.6. Good point.
7. Interesting. What do you think?
8. Well, as I said…
9. I’m afraid I’m not in a position to comment on that.
10. I wish I knew.
11. I’m glad you asked that.
12. Well, as I mentioned earlier…
13. To be honest, I think that raises a different issue.
14. That’s a very good question.
15. I’m afraid I don’t have that information with me.
1. Click the links below and read the web page to find more expressions relevant to asking and answering questions in a seminar.
2. Watch the video to know about the techniques of answering questions in a seminar.
1. Please click 6 tips: Asking good questions at meetings, seminars
2. Please click How to Handle That Dreaded Question & Answer Period
1) The picture from https://goo.gl/images/AKYr3x
3) excerpts translated from the Japanese textbook “NIG Method for Scientific English Presentation by Tatsumi Hirata, Todd Gorman and Yash Hiromi (dZERO Press, ISBN 978-4-907623-17-3)
© Q. Cao, WW. Hu & B. Yang/ UoS /copyright details and May 24th, 2018Created using the LOC Tool, University of Southampton