Have you ever written a QRQ?
For university students who want to hone their English reading, writing, and analytical skills, a QRQ (Quote-Response-Question) is a good way to start.
Begin by reading a short article you mostly understand, and find a quote that you resonate with. Respond to the quote in any way you want. Your response could include why the author wrote this quote, how you feel about it, and how it relates to your studies or practice. At the end of your response, come up with some questions that you will like to research further.
Doing a QRQ won’t automatically improve your reading and writing skills. You will need instruction and feedback from and preferably follow-up discussions with friends. However, doing this exercise can help you move beyond just summarizing and paraphrasing information.
光是執行QRQ並不會自動提高你的閱讀和寫作能力。你需要老師的指導和反饋 (guidance and feedback)，最好後續再和朋友討論。然而，做QRQ的練習除了可以做重點摘要外，它是個更能增進閱讀和寫作能力的好方法。
The activity requires you first to read the article thoroughly before analyzing the author’s intent for the quote. Writing a response in the next step will force you to think about how the quote relates to you, thereby enabling you to tap into higher-level thinking and produce original thoughts and questions.
這項活動需要你在分析作者寫出這段引文的意圖前，先去完整閱讀過並且充分理解文章。下一步寫的回應則是會迫使你去思考該引文與你的關係，進而讓你能夠深入思考、產出更多有創意的想法及問題。最後，當你寫完QRQ，請務必要校對「失誤」(mistakes)。你需要先刪掉你自己就可以找到的失誤，老師才能專注在你無法找到的「錯誤」 (errors) 。總結來說，「失誤」是偶發的且無規律性的錯誤，而「錯誤」是指學習者所犯的系統性錯誤 (systematic errors)。未來我會更進一步講解如何進行校對。
When you finish the QRQ, be sure to proofread it for any language errors. You want to eliminate every mistake you can find so that teachers can focus on the systematic errors you cannot find on your own. I will write more on how to proofread in the future.
Once you receive feedback from your teacher, which should include guidance on finding the answers to your questions and systematic language errors, you should review the feedback immediately. Find out what you could improve by researching and asking friends. Ask your teacher for help only when you’ve exhausted all other options.
After review and correcting all the language errors, rewrite the QRQ. For an added challenge, rewrite it without looking at your original paper, though you may still refer to notes.
See if you make the same language errors again. If you do, review and correct these errors again! The process will help you gradually understand systematic errors. With enough practice, you will eventually be able to reduce them. Writing the QRQ will also improve your ability to summarize, analyze, and synthesize new information, which are all abilities you need in both school and work.
The best part about writing the QRQ is that you will have new perspectives on the article after going through the entire process. In addition, you can discuss your initial response and questions with your classmates and co-create new knowledge together. It’s a great way to practice reading and writing while doing some deep critical thinking!
📌 QRQ 範文
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