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CCQs on the word entrepreneur

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  • choupii
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    10 January, 2014 at 0:35
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    I have to come up with CCQs for the word entrepreneur-any ideas???
    I am bit stuck for this one

    bemyself
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    18 January, 2014 at 22:45
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    Hi choupil,
    About the word "entrepreneur", I have some some instant ideas. Some materials said that we should base on meaning of the word given in a dictionary and we make the language easier for learners. According to Oxford, "entrepreneur" is defined as "a person who makes money by starting or running businesses, especially when this involves taking financial risks". I think there are 3 main pieces of information here including " a person"," do businesses", and " financial risks", so we may ask:
    – Is entrepreneur a person?
    – Does he do business?
    – Is his money unsafe?

    I’m sorry if I do not give more effective ideas to you since I lack quite lots of teaching knowledge. Recently, I have been trying to get to know Concept Checking and CCQs in teaching field, grammar specially. Hence, if someone has books, articles, or theses about CCQs in teaching grammar or vocabulary, pls share with me.
    Many thanks!

    dan
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    21 January, 2014 at 14:04
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    Hi choupii and bemyself

    bemyself – you’re thinking along the right lines. Using a dictionary definition to help you is a good starting point. I think the questions need changing a little though.

    The first thing we need to be sure of is that the questions cover every aspect of the meaning of the word. Our questions should also be answerable with a simple yes/no or a choice between two possibilities, and shouldn’t use overly complicated language. With this in mind, let’s have a look at your questions for "entrepreneur".

    We need to get across that an entrepreneur is a person who works for himself, running his own business, and accepting the often high risks of this business.

    So:

    1. Is the entrepreneur a person?

    Possibly unnecessary to ask this question if it’s already clear from the context that the word was found in. It might have said in a text something like "John is an entrepreneur", in which case it’s obvious that we are talking about a person.

    2. Does he do business?

    I would change this to "Does he have his own business or does he work for someone else?" it gives us a more specific, less vague answer.

    3. Is his money unsafe?

    Again, I don’t think this is quite specific enough. There are several reaons why his money might be unsafe. Maybe he doesn’t lock it away in a safe and it is likely to be stolen! So again we need to get more specific and say something like "Does he often take risks to make a profit?" This may seem like quite a complicated question, but the level of the learners to whom you’re explaining a word like "entrepreneur" will likely be at a high enough level to make this ok. if not, you could change it to "Does he take risks in his business?"

    So, here are the questions I would use:

    1. Does he have his own business or does he work for someone else? (own business)
    2. Does he often take risks to make a profit? (yes)

    Hope that helps. Have a look here for more about concept check questions.

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