Phase Four: Deep Life Sharing Phase
The fuller picture of developing communities of practice
People in may contexts of life easily serve as language helpers or 'nurtures'whether they know it or not, since they don't have to have a high level of commitment to you in order to interact with you. Since your ability to negotiate meanings is wide-ranging, and your understanding of local life and needs is growing all the time,you can potentially join new, more demanding communities of practice, such as discussion groups, work environments, special interest clubs, etc. and soon be accepted as a valid participator in the COP, at least with a little persistence. You can take on a rich identity in these COPs and is thus greatly enable to grow further as a participant. Ethnographic interviewing is also a powerful way to visit various local communities of practice, and to develop deep, mutually empathetic relationships with interviewees. This goes for informal time spent 'interviewing'friends and neighbors as well.
Supercharged participation activities to Develop the speec up development of Understanding ability
Use Ethnographic interviewing. Record the interviews, 'massage'them, 'milk them'for new topics, and conduct interviews on the new topics, etc. At the end of this stage you should have enough cultural understanding and vocabulary and experience processing the language to enable you to productively use native-to native texts.
Supercharged participation activities to speed the development of Talking ability.
Ethnographic interviewing is by nature two-way conversation, as is the 'massaging'of interview recordings. Since often the interviewees do the vast majority of the talking, also set aside an hour or two regularly for the you to do a lot of talking, employing other talking activities such as those involving picture stories , Lexi carry, and retelling the familiar stories from the previous stage. Use 'Hole-Finding'activities (such as attempting to narrate a silent film) to discover areas of language in which you need more input.
Reading and writing
Any reading material that you can manage can be read privately to increase reading fluency. In this phase or the next (or possibly even earlier) you can begin writing a journal of daily experiences,addressed to a language helper or sympathetic local friend who can provide feedback.
Most Relevant Grammar Issues to be aware of
Exposure to “expository discourse”, including complex explanations and justifications, now becomes massive, therefore moving to center stage. There may not be so many totally new grammar issues, but some of what are considered “advanced grammar forms” will become much more frequent, making them become more learn able.
Culture and pragmatics
Ethnographic interviewing provides an extremely powerful tool for increasingly learning to know the world through local eyes. In the area of pragmatics, discussion of Lexicarry-like situations can become much more detailed, with many alternative reactions and expressions being discussed. You can also discuss in more detail with the language helpers and other friends the situations in which they were offended or took offense, and how they should have behaved. The growing communities of practice and the much prayed-over relationships provide opportunities to be redemptive with a “in season”, and all the time through the fruits of the Spirit.
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