“Special Person” (Persona Especial) interviews can serve as the backbone of any level class from novice to advanced. This is hands-down the most effective and compelling way that I know to personalize learning and acquisition in the world language classroom. Bryce Hedstrom is the hands-down guru of this process. You can check out what he has to say about it here.
Finding out someone’s age, where they live, what they like to eat, etc. are important things to know and can get us quality reps on important structures, but there comes a point in time where you want to know what animal someone would be and why or who they would like to meet from any point in history, right?
Click on the blue “download” button below to download the list of questions that I use in my upper-level classes. Note that you could use many of these questions in lower-level classes as well provided that you haven’t been sheltering verb tenses and moods (which we discourage in CI teaching).