Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Chamorro Lessons Ta'lo
But because I was focusing on teaching in the classroom I stopped offering my community classes at Java Junction in Hagatna. It was too difficult this past semester to keep those going because of the three full time jobs I was juggling and so I put them on hiatus. I have received a few requests, not too many but a few requests to start offering them again. Even though my coming year promises to be just as ridiculously busy as the last one I am still excited about offering them again. Teaching in the classroom gave me lots of ideas about how I can improve these more informal learning circles. For example previously the language groups I would run would focus primarily on learning grammar and then I would leave the practicing to the students when they would go home. I would recommend that each person have a language partner to practice what they had learned with. Most never got around to getting someone to commit to this and so they would learn but not use it and so the lessons wouldn't be very helpful in the end. Those that did find a language partner to help cement the lessons did wonderfully and some of them, such as my former student Ken Gofigan Kuper have gone on to become fluent. I know now that for these lessons I need to incorporate more drills and practice during the lessons in order to help make things stick and show them the interchangeable structure of the grammar.
If anyone is interested in attending these free Chamorro language lessons please let me know. Email me at email@example.com or add me as a friend on Facebook. The lessons would most likely take place on Fridays during the Spring semester. The time and location haven't been decided yet, I'm still trying to gauge interest and commitment.
I also infrequently offer a Chamorro sentence email list, where every other day or so I email out Chamorro sentences, mainly questions that people can try to answer and respond to. If you want to be included in this list please let me know and I can add your email. We are currently on Chamorro Sentence #171.