Introduction 4 Who this is addressed to 4 Where Phase 3 will take you 5 How far you’ve come in order to reach Phase 3 5 first day of phase 3 6

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Getting going in Phase 3:

250 Hours of Shared-Story Activities

by Greg Thomson

contributing editor Rebecca Huston

Version 1.1 April 2007


Who this is addressed to 4

Where Phase 3 will take you 5

How far you’ve come in order to reach Phase 3 5


What is needed for the first session of Phase 3 6

The activities of Day 1 8

Before the first session 8

The session itself, and the rest of the day 8

Begin with small talk 8

Activity 1: Bridge Story Activity: hearing and massaging a world story 8

Activity 2: Script of Life Activity 12

Activity 3: Action Cartoon Activity 14

Last activity of the day, Activity 4: A Shared Experience Activity 15

After Day 1 and before Day 2 15


What you’ll need 16

The activities of Day 2 16

Before the session 17

The session itself 17

Begin with small talk 17

Activity 1: Reminiscing Activity 17

Activity 2: Strengthening vocabulary from yesterday (optional) 18

Activity 3: Hearing and massaging a Bridge Story 18

Activity 4: A Script of Life 19

Activity 5: Action Cartoon 19

Activity 6: A Shared Experience 19

After Day 2 and before Day 3 19


Setting up your weekly schedule if you are doing this full time 20

Some other possible activities in Phase 3A 22

Activities that are in the shared-story spirit 22

Hear, record and massage descriptions of familiar local places 22

Conversations centred around common objects 22

Role-Plays 22

Activities from Phase 2 are still richly rewarding 23

Activities for raising grammar awareness 24

Structured Input 24

Input Flooding: 25

Output Flooding: 26

Scripts of Life for Input and Output Flooding 26

Warning about grammar 27

Summary of other activities suitable to Phase 3A 27

Setting up your weekly schedule if you are going at this less than full-time 27

Some special chores of Phase 3A 28

Brainstorming and List-Building 28

Producing Bridge Stories 29

Get out and do things in the host world, for lots of ideas 29

Your general social life in Phase 3A 29


For those who have been using only one or two activities 30

Make sure that the level of difficulty keeps rising 30

The prime Phase 3B activity: host stories as shared stories 30

Getting serious social life underway 32

A sample day in Phase 3B: 32


Beyond literal stories 33

Anything goes if it works well, including moving on to Phase 4 35

Other possible activities in the shared-story spirit 35

Movie Plots 35

Book Summary 36

News Broadcasts 36

Your old stories retold, “native-to-native” 37

Activities to get you talking more 38

Story retelling 38

Telling stories from your life 38

Ongoing stories 39

What I did on the week-end (or yesterday) 39

More picture stories, busy books and the Lexicarry 39

Matters currently of wide interest in the community 40

A warning about small talk 40

Social life continues to develop 41

Starting to read? 41

Lots of variations, but the same key goals 42

A deepening relationship with your nurturer 43

New relationships 43

Familiarity with a growing quantity of speech 43

Steadily growing vocabulary 44

Understanding increasingly complex material 44

Understanding more of the host world 44

“Conversational ability” by the end of Phase 3 44

Want to keep your programme simple? 45

Appendix 1: If the approach and programme are new to you 46

The Growing Participator Approach versus traditional approaches 46

Some essential concepts of the Growing Participator Approach 48

Growing participator 48

Growth zone 48

Nurturer 48

Supercharged participation sessions 48

Negotiation of meaning 49

Massaging stories 49

Iceberg Principle 49

Word log 49

Listening Library 50

The importance of frequency 50

Languaculture 50

The Six-Phase Programme 51

Appendix 2: Resources for Early Sessions 51

Bridge Stories 51

The Story of Cinderella 51

Noah and the Great Flood 53

Goldilocks and the Three Bears 54

The First Man and Woman 55

An “attempted” Script of Life 57

Appendix 3: Brainstorming for Script of Life Ideas 58

Appendix 4: Shared Story Resources Rated from Easy to Difficult 59


Welcome to Phase 3, the Shared Story Phase. You may be continuing on from Phase 2 the Story Building Phase, or you may not have been thinking in terms of phases, but after conferring with a language learning advisor, you suspect that Phase 3 might be appropriate for you as the place from which to grow onward. If the Growing Participator Approach and the Six Phase Programme are new to you, then you need to read Appendix 1 in order to understand all of the concepts used in the rest of this guide.

On the other hand, if you just want to plunge into some fruitful activities, you can go straight to the section “What is needed for the first session of Phase 3” and in that section, to the sub-point “A world story (or other Bridge Story) such as Cinderella”. After reading that sub-point, go on to the section “The activities of Day 1,” and to the subsection “Activity 1: Hearing and massaging a Bridge Story”. Having read that much, you can start right in using the Bridge Story Activity. Then you can gradually read this entire guide in order to enrich your programme, and to better understand why you are doing what you are doing.

Alternatively, after reading Appendix 1 (if the approach and programme are new to you), you can just read from the beginning of this guide up through the end of the material on Phase 3A, and then begin the activities of Phase 3A. Then you can read the later sections on Phase 3B and Phase 3C as they become relevant.

However you could just read the whole guide at the outset!

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