sábado, 12 de mayo de 2018

CI Interviews: Estrella del Día

Image result for estrella verdeI just started doing La Estrella del Día interviews in Spanish 1 and I am remembering how awesome it is! Versions of this are very popular in the "CI Teaching World". I learned about it from Sabrina Janczak at TCI Maine in 2015 (Sabrina said that she adapted the idea from Bryce Hedstrom's "La Persona Especial" idea). I blogged about it then, but I wanted to post about it again.

I have done these Estrella del Día interviews in Spanish 1 and Spanish 3 and it does take up a lot of class time, but it is totally worth it!

La Estrella del Día is explained pretty thoroughly in that blog post, but I have copied and pasted some of it here because I wanted to share it again.

Here is the process:
  • Students fill out a form with interview questions on it (with the help from the teacher). 
    • Here is a document that I created (very similar to what Sabrina shared). Feel free to make a copy and add or subtract questions.
  • The teacher collects the sheets and then "interviews" 2-4 students a week. The rest of the class listens respectfully. The question slideshow, with images to help comprehension (this one is for Spanish 1), is projected during the interview so that everyone understands.
  • During the interview, the teacher asks follow up questions to the star of the day and/or asks related questions to the class. Also, I type their answers as they talk.
  • The teacher also takes a picture of them the day of the interview.
  • The day after the interview, the teacher shares the slideshow (with pictures that illustrate the answers and the picture of the student) to review the information shared the day before.
  • At the end of the week, there is a quiz (more personalized CI!). The quiz includes 6 sentences about each person that was interviewed that week and students have to write who each sentence was about.
  • This is an ongoing activity that will take many weeks.
Here are the reasons WHY I LOVE this activity (most of these are what Sabrina shared at TCI Maine):
  • Repetition that never gets boring
  • Compelling: it's always about them, their favorite topic
  • Students feel important and special 
  • Make students shine
  • Authentic conversation
  • Supported output (students use notes)
  • It includes writing, speaking, reading and listening
  • A chance to practice 1st, 2nd, 3rd person forms
  • Higher order thinking
  • Creates fantastic class culture 
  • Students can acquire some advanced grammatical structures, such as: imperfect subjunctive, conditional, present perfect, and others, depending on the questions you decide

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