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 [...]
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 [...]
(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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!