Saturday, February 22, 2014

Storytelling with the QTalk Method

QTalk Story Cards
Use a series of scenes to tell a story.
If you are using TPRS or any kind of storytelling in your language classes, you are always looking for new ways to grab students' attention.

Combining food and friends offers a great many story situations that are fun and easy to understand without translating or explaining.

Jumping off from the basic story, you can ask questions, have students ask eachother questions, and for more advanced students ask them to retell the story in a different tense, or write the story in their own words to test their writing proficiency: composition, spelling and punctuation.

For even the beginning students you are able to introduce characters by name then ask, "What is her name? and her name?" then introduce the different foods to make sentences. "What is she eating?"

Lili eats pizza at home with Sophie.
Lili eats pizza at home with Sophie.
If you can bring different foods to class, that provides a very enticing lesson - but it's not always realistic to do this. With the Sapling Book 1 Q-Card set we have a nice selection of food images on magnetic flashcards that can be arranged with the images for verbs such as "to eat" and "to bring" etc.

Want to try this technique with your students?
Check out our Online Flipbooks right now - you can use the samplers with your students and introduce our QTalk visual scaffolding to prompt them to speak and understand without translation.

Then if you'd like to get more story materials, we suggest our magnetic Story Card product, or try the Short Stories module which is part of  as part of our Digital Language System Conversation Suite (aka Conversation Pack DLS).

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