Tijdens de Agen TPRS workshop van Judy Dubois van T.P.R.S.-Witch geeft TPRS docente Sabrina Janczak Franse les via TPRS aan leerlingen (jong & oud door elkaar) met gemengde ERK niveaus, van niveau A1 t/m B2. De lessen zijn op de ochtend, van maandag 25 juli t/m vrijdag 29 juli in het centrum van Agen, een leuk levendig stadje in Zuid-West Frankrijk, bekend van de pruneaux d’Agen. Andere docenten observeren achterin het lokaal de lessen om te leren hoe je op die manier TPRS-les kunt geven. Drie andere TPRS docenten geven lessen Engels, Bretons en Spaans. Je kunt dus als leerling Bretonse, Engelse, Franse en Spaanse TPRS lessen volgen (en op die manier ‘de kunst afkijken’ en zien en ervaren hoe TPRS lessen aan beginners en gevorderden worden gegeven.), maar je kunt dus ook als docent naar Agen om TPRS te leren in de workshops en coaching sessies.
Today the second day of iFLT15 started and today the learning labs started. Yesterday the master teachers – who are teaching the students we were going to observe – already started with their lessons in order to get to know the students and to teach them the first vocabulary.
Here you can find the session hand-outs of Wednesday.
The experienced teachers first went to the learning labs and the beginners went to the other sessions and after the break it wa the other way around. I went to the French beginners lesson of Sabrina Janczak. It was amazing to see what the students already understood after one day! Sabrina makes a lot of contact with the students. After the 2 sessions of the learning labs were the debriefings. Sabrina and Diana Noonan did the debriefing together. During the debriefing Sabrina told a few things that are important to her: she wants the students to be able to tell how they’re feeling: on the board were written a few possibilities. And so with this group she started off asking how they felt today. Personalization & showing that you really care for the students is most important to Sabrina. Key: explain the process, tell the students why you do what you do and remind them of what you’re doing.
Concerning the taught structures: yesterday Sabrina used the structures: is/has/gives to him-her and today she used the structures: works/yells/lazy/ get out of here.
After the break I went to the workshop about Movie Talk by Kristy Placido. She does Movie Talk every once in a while and the students like it very much, as they also indicate at their evaluations at the end of the year. Kristy started with a demo of… EL MONSTRUO DEL ARMARIO (Pablo Conde – 2009). Concept: play a movie and talk about it. Every Friday her students watch a telenovela, with Movie Talk.
After lunch I went to Martina Bex’s workshop: Bringing culture back, developing units that teach language through culture. It was a well structured, highly interesting workshop, also hands-on: the participants could immediately use what Martina taught. She talked about the need for comprehensible cultural units. Obejctive: use target structures to explain a cultural topic. Method: CI. See her clear hand-out with a practical scheme of how to develop the cultural units at page 15-17 of the the session hand-outs of Wednesday.
The last session I went to was again by Kristy Placido: Rock the CI (page 22 hand-out Wednesday). She started with a few quotes about music, like the one one the left by Ludwig von Beethoven. Kristy told she learned last year from keynote speaker of iFLT14 Dave Burgess (“Teach like a pirate”) how important it is to have some ‘hooks’. And music can be a strong hook. Because of that, a lot of her students start downloading the Spanish music they hear in class on their own devices and the songs become something of their own repertoire.