viernes, 4 de marzo de 2011

Building an improvisation

This morning I had my first individual with Rubén, a thirty-ish lower-int, who is also in one of my groups. He's preparing for a job interview in IT. This is what we did:



I got him to tell me as much as possible about the interview, the company and the position. He actually didn't know that much himself, and I don't know anything about the IT industry's interview techniques. What to do?

We decided to try a standard interview question - Tell us about one project you're particularly proud of.

I asked R to mentally rehearse an answer to this, taking the absolute minimum of notes, and gave him a couple of minutes of silence in which to do so - I went off to get a microphone. He had a couple of vocab questions to clear up, then he told me version 1. What he said was largely correct, but definitely needed tidying and fluency.

I then recorded myself, giving my (improvised) version, speaking as HIM. We then played it back, and sorted out his queries.

We repeated this cycle twice more:

- His version unrecorded*; mine recorded; listen and queries.

By the time we'd got to version 3, he was fairly confident and accurate in his  version, but still genuinely improvising. I uploaded the audio files to Google docs and shared with him.

Have you tried anything like this? How did it go?

*I've discovered that hearing your own voice speaking a foreign language can be a horrible shock. And that's not what you need 4 days before a job interview!

4 comentarios:

  1. A theoretically sound activity, with a definite goal in mind, alternating between input and output. Just who is this masked crusader?

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  2. I'd love you to grow an interview plant.

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  3. Recording and hearing over myself improvising speech in foreign language was the thing that helped me work on my accent and pronunciation. Although I think it works with people with musical ear. It worked for me.

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  4. How and why did you record yourself? Do you mean speaking or singing?

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