TEACHING WORLD LANGUAGE LIKE SOCRATES

By |2021-07-13T13:42:41-06:00July 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 [...]

THIS IS WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT: Two Teachers That Are Doing It Right

By |2021-05-27T12:18:33-06:00May 26th, 2021|

There was a noteworthy article in the May 1, 2021 Atlanta Journal Constitution, Foreign Language Classes Get the Conversation Going, by H.M. Cauley. You can find the original article here: https://www.ajc.com/neighborhoods/foreign-language-classes-get-the-conversation-going/U3ZEAQPD2BHEZB5MZFT3OZFWBE/ Below are some select quotes from that article and my commentary about the world language classrooms of Allyson Segal [...]

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. [...]

QUESTIONS STUDENTS WANT TO ASK ONE ANOTHER IN INTERVIEWS

By |2019-08-05T13:24:56-06:00August 5th, 2019|

As you get ready for school and begin thinking about what kinds of questions you will ask to get kids engaged and responding in Persona Especial student interviews, think about using some questions like the ones below. These are some questions that students have said they would like to ask [...]

HO-CHUNK SPECIAL PERSON POSTER

By |2019-03-17T18:14:13-06:00March 17th, 2019|

The Ho-Chunk special person poster is now available. Ho-Chunk is a native American language. There are members of the Ho-Chunk nation all over North America, but the nation is centered in Wisconsin. I feel fortunate and honored to have had the opportunity to visit, observe and design a program [...]

CHINESE “SPECIAL PERSON” QUESTIONS ARE HERE

By |2019-02-14T14:38:10-07:00February 14th, 2019|

最后用中文! The Chinese translation of the Special Person student interview posters are available on the "Free Stuff" page. Download poster #1 (basic questions) here, and poster #2 (preferences) here. Thank you Jian Li, of Dallas, Texas for the translations!

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