1 - Provide a lot of repetitions of various verbs in the imperfect tense
2 - Provide input that will engage the student
3 - Don't specifically tell the students that my focus for the lesson is the imperfect tense
I started the lesson with the picture of an elderly couple (find it HERE) projected on the board. I mentioned a few comparisons using young and old and then moved right into the goal of building a story around the two people. We first established the basic details such as their names, their age, and where they live now. Then I asked my students about details of their life in the past using the following questions as a guide:
- Where did they used to live when they were young?
- What were they like?
- Where did they work? What was their job?
- To where did they always on vacation?
- With whom did they talk every day/week?
- What did they believe?
- What did they want?
My students are getting better at "playing the game" and with a little help from me, we ended up with an interesting profile for these two people. Throughout the profile building exercise, I continued to review the previous information to increase the number of repetitions. Goal #1 ✔
After we had talked about "Dan" and "Beyonce" for awhile, I told the students to stand up and their ticket to sit down was to repeat one of the established facts about the couple. If they couldn't remember any, they had to give a new fact about their past. At first students took turns repeating the facts, but as the number of facts available yet to repeat dwindled, students started raising their hands to give new interesting facts; even several that were already seated wanted me to call on them because they had a good fact to add! #Goal 2: ✔
|Photo by Martin Smith, Flickr|
The next time I meet with the class, I'll ask some Verdadero/Falso or short answer questions to review the material yet one more time. That will be on Monday, so if I have time Sunday evening (not tomorrow or Saturday due to ACTFL12), I may type a list of background information and the students will have to read it and find the sentences that describe "Dan" and "Beyonce".
As for Goal 3, well, I confess I mentioned that I put a graphic organizer on their Edmodo group a month ago and it was still there if anyone wanted notes. (For what it's worth, I predict very few, if any, will bother to view the graphic organizer that I provided.)
FYI - here is the profile for the first couple pictured above:
- Dan, is 82 yrs. old, from India, played cricket when young;
- Beyonce, is 80 yrs old, from Alaska, played football when young;
- they're retired and now live in San Diego; they used to live in Portland, Maine;
- they're friends of the pope; actually Dan is his cousin
- they used to go to Vatican City every year for vacations
- they worked as spies for Canada
- they were athletic, hard-working, and funny
- Dan had 2 legs, but lost one in an accident in Serbia; now has one leg
- they had 2 sons