Phase Six: Self-Sustaining Growth In Community

The fuller picture of developing communities of practice

The fuller picture of developing communities of practice How have you relationships in your COPs been expanding(to more people) or going deeper? In what ways is your identity or role developing? Which potential host language COP s is you still being involved in using your native language? How do you see God working in you and in your COPs?

Supercharged participation activities to Develop the speec up development of Understanding ability

Supercharged participation activities to Develop the speec up development of Understand ability Limited language sessions(perhaps one to five hours per week), but delf-sustaining growth in healthy communities of practice. Language sessions can use task repetition (talk repeatedly on a particular topic) to increase fluency on topic after topic, and use “Hole-Finding'activities (try to describe a complex picture or tell a story to discover things one has difficulty expressing) and word catching (for example, watch a movie attempting to catch every unknown word). Work-related activities should include teaching or other verbal activities. These can also be “tried out” first “off stage” with a language helper or sympathetic friend. But the main growth now comes through growing into richer and deeper relationships in communicates of practice. Supplement by constant exposure to mass media (if such exist) and extensive reading in the new language

Most Relevant Grammar Issues to be aware of

Most Relevant Grammar Issues to be aware of Although there is no longer much time for language sessions, as a life-long learner, you can write compositions for correction and occasionally record yourself speaking for correction.

Culture and pragmatics

Culture and pragmatics As a life-long learner, you can have a cultural counselor to give you insights into difficult social experiences. Extensive reading of local literature can also contribute to growth in this area.

Supercharged participation activities to speed the development of Talking ability.

Supercharged participation activities to speed the development of Talking ability. Possible limited language sessions for supercharged participation, doing “Hole-Finding” activities, and focusing on grammatical form. Primarily self-sustaining growth in healthy communities of practice that have increasingly developed through the previous phases and are now maturing.

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