May 13, 2008


Circling is a technique where the teacher asks a series of questions about the same structure. For instance if the sentence we are looking at is Sally danced in the park, circling questions could be focusing on danced. I could ask, Who danced? Where did Sally dance? What did Sally do? Did Sally or Martha dance? etc. It's great. It gets lots of comprehensible input in, but it is really boring. My students, abhor anything that resembles boring, so although I keep trying to circle, and I think I understand the concept, it flops each and every time.

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