Rejoinders

FIRST WEEK TO-DO LIST

"Si al comienzo no muestras quién eres, nunca podrás después, cuando quisieres."  "If at first you do not show who you are, you will never be able to afterwards when you want to." From El Conde Lucanor, Cuento XXXV, by Don Juan Manuel (Medieval Castilian writer, 1282-1348). The first week of school is a magical and vitally important time. This is the honeymoon period, those brief few days when it seems like every single one of your students like you, like the class and like each other. Almost every year the honeymoon phase will trick you into thinking you don't [...]

ESSENTIAL CLASSROOM TOOLS

I enjoy teaching with very few props or electronics. Relationship-based teaching (passwords, discussing reading and persona especial interviews) propped up by well-honed TPRS questioning skills are the go-to tactics in my classroom. But I have discovered that there are two tools without which I can no longer function optimally, and they both seem a bit gimmicky: a handheld mechanical sports counter and a stop watch. It was disconcerting to realize that my students and I lean upon these devices so heavily. Our routines were disrupted and students with classrooms jobs no longer had the tools of their trade. My mechanical [...]

By |2018-02-14T20:55:50-07:00February 14th, 2018|Categories: Classroom Jobs, Daily Routine, Rejoinders, Uncategorized|0 Comments

REJOINDERS KEEP CONVERSATIONS GOING

Rejoinders may be one of the most important practical vocabulary items we teach students. As we use the target language in our classrooms we model rejoinders and we encourage students to use them because they are so helpful in keeping a conversation going. Using a rejoinder is an easy way of showing the other person that you understand and that you want them to keep talking to you. It shows that you are emotionally engaged in the conversation and it encourages the other person to keep speaking. Rejoinders help to keep other people going to you, but you do not [...]

By |2017-10-27T15:02:44-06:00October 27th, 2017|Categories: Acquisition, Rejoinders|Tags: |0 Comments

THE MOST IMPORTANT PHRASE SO FAR

In my Spanish classes one of the most useful and wonderful phrases that the students have acquired so far is lo siento (I'm sorry). Lo siento has to be high frequency, particularly for a novice level speaker in a foreign country. I know I was always saying it when I was learning Spanish in Chile as a teenager because I would miscommmunicate so often and frequently did not understand the customs. In a TPRS class kids want to be able to express themselves. They are hearing so much and responding spontaneously so often that they understand that they want to respond more in [...]

Rejoinders #3

Here is a question about encouraging students to use rejoinders in the classroom by a colleague that has begun using them this year.  It is a good one, because we all lose steam every so often and because he seems to sense that using rejoinders is important for building confidence and classroom camaraderie.  Rejoinders can form the foundation of the classroom banter that gets going once kids know they are free to speak up in class and have the tools to do so. Q:  I've lost some steam with rejoinders, so a key question.  Do you encourage their use on [...]

Rejoinders #2: VICE PRESIDENT IS KING OF THE REJOINDERS

As we use the target language in our classrooms we model rejoinders and we encourage students to use them because they are so helpful in keeping a conversation going.  Using a rejoinder is an easy way of showing the other person that you understand and that you want them to keep talking to you.  It shows that you are emotionally engaged in the conversation and it encourages the other person to keep giving you input.  Rejoinders help to keep other people speaking to you, but you do not need to say a lot.  You just listen and nod and say, [...]