Special Person

SPECIAL PERSON INTERVIEWS QUESTIONS

By |2024-03-26T09:04:24-06:00March 8th, 2024|

Jonny, a Mandarin teacher who saw my recent presentation on Special Person Interviews, had some questions about the process. We've had a conversation about it and here are the results. Before answering Jonny's questions, I need to make this crucial point: Follow-up questions are the most important part of [...]

TEACHING UPPER LEVELS WITH C.I.

By |2024-01-02T21:14:51-07:00January 2nd, 2024|

Shayna, an AP Spanish teacher and reader of this blog writes: Hi Bryce, I've spent my 10-year career teaching Spanish at a private high school.  I am very intrigued by CI, but as an AP Spanish teacher, I'm concerned that if I abandon some of my traditional teaching methods, [...]

Special Person How-To

By |2022-06-16T20:16:08-06:00June 16th, 2022|

Anita, a reader of this blog writes: . Hi Bryce, . I've just about completed my Persona Especial for the year and saw some good and bad things about my first time. I wanted to share these with you. . • Spanish I did well with answering questions in [...]

TEACHING WORLD LANGUAGE LIKE SOCRATES

By |2021-08-07T15:37:35-06:00July 12th, 2021|

Asking students a series of purposeful questions and follow-up questions supercharges learning. It engages them and drives acquisition of language and complex ideas like nothing else. Plato modeled this technique brilliantly in Socrates’ dialogues. Special Person student interviews are similar to Socratic teaching. It is asking questions with a [...]

QUESTION-DRIVEN GRAMMAR IN SPECIAL PERSON INTERVIEWS

By |2020-08-31T19:39:52-06:00August 31st, 2020|

(A 5-minute read) This lesson may be easier to read and print out in another format. You can find it in a PDF here:  QUESTION-DRIVEN GRAMMAR IN SPECIAL PERSON INTERVIEWS  The teacher has great power to control student interviews, just by the nature of the questions directed at the student. [...]

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