For those of you who have been following this blog for a while, you probably know I enjoy seeking and getting feed-back from my CI peers and mentors. Last Spring, I started using the Story Listening toolkit developed by Dr. Mason and Dr. Krashen, and after some success, I attended Dr. Mason’s Story Listening workshop in Chattanooga TN last summer. I have since then decided I wanted to deliver one story a week in most of my classes using the Story Listening toolkit. So I’d better make sure I am doing it in a way that is most effective for my students to acquire the language.

Dr. Mason kindly offered to watch me tell a familiar story (she does not know any French so it had to be a familiar story for beginners). I am truly honored that she took the time to watch and send me some constructive feed-back. I sent her a video of the Three Little Pigs which I told a small group of HS students.

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Click on the image to watch the video

I am sharing Dr. Mason’s feed-back with her permission, hoping it will help those of you who are also using the Story Listening toolkit and are seeking to improve their story delivery and increase their students’ acquisition.

WHAT I DID WELL:

Dr. Mason “completely understood the story because of the 1) drawings, 2) the written words; 3) gestures; and 4) L1 (English)”

WHERE I NEED TO IMPROVE:

  1. Write more phrases/words in French to support students’ literacy (E.g. “cochon” (pig),  “a de grandes dents / oreilles / yeux” (has big teeth, ears, eyes))
  2. Repeat new phrases/words more often as I am drawing them. This was inconsistent in my delivery, sometimes I repeated words, sometimes I did not. I was also trying to paraphrase (“il construit sa maison en brique” (he builds his house out of brick), “la maison du troisieme petit cochon est en brique” (the house of the third little pig is made of brick)) but I did not do this enough. I have to find the right balance between repeating words without breaking the flow of the story.
  3. Slow down.  As a native speaker, I have made a lot of progress slowing myself down. But I need to continue being consistent with it.

 

I hope this feed-back helps another teacher or two. Thank you Dr. Mason!

 

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