“to write (something, such as a book) for someone else using that person’s name” Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Interviewing a student (model stage): In this stage I recorded the interview and used the audio text as listening material to raise the awareness on language patterns when asking questions. Another thing I wanted to do but I haven’t done yet is to retell their stories (from each interview and create a poster).
- Ss interviewing me (game stage).
- Ss using the questions/answers to write a text about me focusing on using past tenses in narratives (authoring stage).
Some groups have already finished their texts (Monday groups for example), but I am aware that it is not the final piece yet. As it is a collaborative piece and the process matters, tomorrow they will have a chance to review what they have written and edit it again. I wish I had more time to work on it with them. This bimester is very short (Only about 3 more weeks of actual class :0… time flies) and I’m thinking to turn around the course syllabus next year and start with narratives right in the beginning of the year, and also more with short stories. Especially after connecting to David Mearns and being nudged by Tony Gurr constantly to review how I was approaching these classes – from my point of view or from the learners. Because of that, we need the space to question and be questioned not only about what we are doing but also what we think we know.
- Making questions about past events;
- Writing personal narratives;
- Differentiating present tenses and past tenses in narratives;
- Improving verb tenses usage and understanding through practice;
The focus was on asking questions, but there is so much that I need to learn myself about narratives and storytelling. And as I read my Ss texts, I thought how much affectiveness was in or lacking from their texts and ideas started rolling in my head as to how to bring more of this into the lessons. But unfortunally it will have to be next year as this year is practically over.
For recording the interview an audio recorder (I used my mobile phone!) and KMP player (software) to play the file on my computer/extra speakers because I used the file straight away after the interview. I just had to send the file through bluetooth. It took secs.
For the Interview game, plenty of colorful slips of paper. (The number of slips per group depends of how much time you want to focus on the game part. I provided 16 per group, but it could be as many as 8. It also depends on how fast you can cope to answer the questions. As it is a competition, be careful not to focus on a group only, be fair and give equal chances. But they basically finish at the same time.. almost! Depends of whom brings the last slip of paper and if the question is correct enough to be answered straight away.)
As the writing process was in basically two sessions (a week apart), I created a powerpoint game (experimenting again) as a warm-up. It also served a fun pronunciation game as they tried to guess the sounds of the words they had either heard the week before and not paid attention to or never really learned.