What do you learn when you learn English?
This is a question I usually ask my students at the beginning of a new school year. Before that, I start by writing on the board the word AIM (after greeting them and introducing myself). If they don’t know the meaning, I tell them it is similar to objective, which they know. Then I ask them: What is the aim of this class? Their typical answers (in Spanish, language which they will have to ask for permission to use it) are having fun, passing (or doing nothing some of them). If they don’t tell me LEARNING ENGLISH, my proposal is to play hangman to guess these two words. And then, once they get the answer, I tell them to ask themselves the basic questions about it (basic questions that you have to ask yourself when you try to achieve something):
WHAT? WHO? WHY? WHERE? WHEN? HOW?
1. WHAT do you learn when you learn English?
2. WHO is learning? or WHO has to learn?
3. WHY is learning English important?
4. WHERE can you learn English?
5. WHEN do you learn English? How long?
6. HOW is a language learnt?
Once I have these questions on the board, I give them ten minutes to write answers.