Archive for November, 2008
「 残念なお知らせ 」 Francois Vincent著
This website has been inundated with spam over the last few months. I’m afraid that I’ve deleted and possibly missed some genuine comments accidentally.
If I’ve seemingly ignored you or deleted you I am very very sorry. I hope to get things sorted out soon.
Still I can’t help but feel that all is well with the world.
I’ve been revising my introductory lesson plans.*
Generally, after introducing the concept of yesand, I’ll get the students to work on it using Yesand experts
The students pretend to be experts on a topic. They take turns making statements about the topic and must agree completely with any statements made by the other player. Traditionally this is done by starting each sentence with ‘yes! and…’
As an exercise it can be a little hit and miss so I’ve started substituting a slightly different exercise that hasn’t failed me yet.
It’s called Good Times**.
Two students are both recounting an experience that they shared together. They take turns remembering something that happened, and must agree completely with what the other player said. Sentences start with ‘yesand’ or I high energy ‘yeah yeah yeah…and!’
The more enthusiasm this is played with the better.
The fact that it is more story based makes it more intuitive, and more useful.
After this I sometimes use some tricks I stole from Emma Brittenden. Where the students pretend to be two old ladies who start every sentence with ‘oooh, I know…’, or two robots that start every sentence with ‘affirmative…’ or any other pair of characters that inspires the students.
*Of course I change depending on how the class is going, but these are the exercises I tend to hit early on.
**I learnt this game from noted improviser and card manipulator Javier Jarquin.
I’ve found that when I’m improvising I can only work on one thing at time.
So for example, if I decide that for this show I will work on making more specific offers then that is fine, but if I decide I will work on making specific offers and making strong character choices then I will probably do neither.
I have to remind myself of this when I’m teaching. Because new students have so many things they could be working on it’s very easy to overload them.
Focus on one thing. Do it so often that it can be done without thinking. Then move on to the next thing.