Questions with Selena Gomez

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I December 21, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Indirect Questions, Reported Questions, Word Order
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Students in an online American English class, posing various questions in different situations while honing their skills in direct, indirect, and reported questions.

Lesson Overview

That’s the sixty-four-dollar question! In this lesson, students will discuss the topic of asking different questions in various situations. The lesson features a video of an interview with Selena Gomez in which she answers many questions about herself and her life. Students will learn and practice direct, indirect, and reported questions and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Learners will practice forming and using different types of questions, including direct, indirect, and reported questions, enhancing their ability to inquire and communicate more effectively in English.

  • Listening: Students will focus on understanding the structure and context of questions asked during an interview with Selena Gomez, improving their comprehension and analytical listening skills.

  • Speaking: The objective is for students to actively participate in forming and answering questions similar to those asked in the interview, boosting their conversational abilities and confidence in speaking.

  • Vocabulary: Students will learn and use new vocabulary related to the act of questioning and personal discussions, which will help them articulate their thoughts more clearly.

  • Homework: Students will reinforce their understanding of question forms by completing tasks that involve correcting sentence structures, filling in blanks, choosing correct word options, and writing questions related to given statements. These activities are designed to solidify their knowledge of grammar and question formation.


“What’s your current obsession?” “What’s something you own that you truly cherish?” Watch this video of an interview with Selena Gomez, an American singer, songwriter, and actress, where she answers questions all about herself and her life.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

inquire [verb]: to ask for information from someone; to investigate or look into
cherish [verb]: to hold or treasure (something) dear
query [noun]: a question, especially one addressed to an official or organization
cue up [verb]: to set up people or things so as to be ready for their turn to speak or perform
stalk [verb]: to pursue or approach stealthily
pick up a hobby [phrase]: to start a new activity or sport
hang out [phrasal verb]: to spend time relaxing or socializing informally
Heads Up [noun]: a game using either questions, charades, or clues to get a player to guess the word they have chosen that is displayed on their forehead before time runs out
adventurous [adjective]: willing to take risks or to try out new methods, ideas, or experiences
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