What is ‘ICQ’ and ‘CCQ’ in Teaching?

So what is ICQ? And…what is CCQ? And what have they got to do with teaching?

Let’s get straight to it!

ICQ stands for…

Instruction Checking Question

You’re just checking the student understands what you’ve told them to do.

So for example, if I show them an apple and instruct them to tell me what colour it is…the instruction checking question would simply be:

‘Do you understand?’

Or, I could give them two binary options, such as:

Did I ask you, ‘What colour is the apple?’

Or did I ask you, ‘What shape is the apple?’

And that’s it. An ICQ is simply a question checking that your ESL student has understood the instruction.




Now let’s move on to CCQ!

CCQ stands for…

Concept Checking Question

Now with a CCQ, you want to check the student’s understanding of the concept after they have completed the instruction.

So for example, if you have asked the student to read a sentence about someone’s weekday routine, you can then use a CCQ by asking:

‘What is your routine on weekdays?’

If the student answers this question, then they have definitely understood the concept of ‘routines’ and you’ve done your job as a teacher.

Congratulations! Let’s celebrate.

ICQ and CCQ in teaching

Right, that’s enough fun. Let’s get back to work.

Why is Using CCQ so Important for Teaching English Online for DaDaABC?

When teaching for DaDaABC, the engagement of the student with the class is of great importance.

ICQ and CCQ in teaching

If you were to simply read the course material like a robot to the student, there is no way of knowing that they are engaged.

It could simply be an endless stream of foreign words flooding their way.

So using CCQ (and ICQ also) is the way to check their engagement and understanding…much like TPR.

Click the image below to read about TPR:

ICQ and CCQ in teaching

CCQ and ICQ `are also a wonderful way to keep the interaction flowing in the class. You don’t want to be a lecturer. I always endeavour to get the student talking for 90% of the class compared to my 10%.

This is for sure a tough task, but it’s always good to have something to reach towards. After all, it’s not your English that needs the practice…

So no need to overwork those linguistic muscles!

If you would like to read more about keeping students engaged, be sure to click the image below to read DigiNo’s 7 Online ESL Tips:

ICQ and CCQ for teaching

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