It’s tough to get students to communicate effectively and use good communication strategies. I put together this conversation guide (2 pages, front and back) to help scaffold my students’ interpersonal practice. You may notice that my name is nowhere on this because, although it took me three hours to put together, the ideas came from two of my favorite resources (and therefore they are not mine!). These resources are: Amy Lenord’s ¡Expresate! word ladders, and Laura Sexton’s Interpersonal Playbook. Laura’s Playbook is for sale on Teachers Pay Teachers for the bargain price of $1.00 and it would be the best $1.00 you’ve ever spent. Her playbook is designed to help students interview native speakers in real life or virtually (on Skype or anything similar), which is something that I advocate for in the World Language classroom. Go buy it, you won’t regret it.
Some people ask why I don’t do Teachers Pay Teachers. Maybe I will someday, but for now, I want everything I create to be available to anyone and everyone. First of all, nothing I have made is that great! Second of all, all of my ideas come from other people. I suspect that 99.9% of all humans get inspiration for every idea from somewhere. Then, of course, there is the whole thing about how teachers don’t have a lot of money to throw around. I teach in Arkansas- has anyone looked at the pay scale for the average Arkansas teacher lately?! I don’t have the heart to charge an Arkansas teacher for my lousy work. Speaking of teaching in Arkansas, one of the most difficult things for Arkansas teachers is lack of access to resources. My goal is for ALL students to acquire a second language (if not a third, fourth, and so on), therefore I want teachers here to be able to find and use as many free, quality resources as possible. When we withhold our good ideas, we limit possibilities and potential for others.
Since we are teachers, though, I completely understand and respect the fact that people need to make more money on the side. I say “go for it!” I’ll continue to buy (I spend 1/3 of my money on my classroom and students as it is), but I promise not to unlawfully or unethically duplicate what you have done. I will always give credit to the ideas that inspired me. Although I use the phrase “stealing” a lot, if anyone ever finds anything that approaches true theft, I hope they will let me know before they sue!
P.s. Another excellent resource to use along with this would be the #langcamp Interpersonal Self-Assessment Rubric. The idea began with Colleen Lee-Hayes, and was then adapted by Natalia DeLaat. 🙂 Where do I find these amazing people with these amazing ideas? Answer: #LANGCHAT!!!