The Strategy of Interviewing Locals
Through ASAK textbooks 3, 4 &5, designed tasks outside the classroom include performing interviews with locals. To perform successful & useful interviews that achieve the goals, learners should consider the following:
The preparation stage
- The learners choose a theme for their interviews usually similar to the topic they have studied in the textbook.
- Then, they prepare the interview questions, and
- Review such questions with their teacher in order to correct any mistakes, and finally,
- Train themselves several times at home before they go to the real interview.
The implementation stage:
- At the beginning, learners are advised to make use of their mobile or audio recordings in order to record the whole interview. So, start recording before you start the interview and remember to get permission to record from your guest.
- Be confident because you have enough preparation, and this is a good way to build up your confidence and use Arabic directly in the local environment. Remember to give enough time for your guest/s to answer your questions before moving to the following question. When you finish your interview, remember to thank your guest, and turn off the recording.
The Revision Stage:
At home, learners are advised to listen several times to the interview, and try to understand new vocabulary in the context, and use dictionaries as the last solution. Learners can practice writing through writing their interviews, and summarize the interviews in order to present these interviews to their colleagues in the classroom the following day.
The Presentation Stage:
In the classroom, learners present orally the summaries of their interviews, and answer any questions raised by their colleagues. Presenters advised to support their presentations by photos, and clips of the interviews. Learners are advised to get the teacher’s feedback for such oral presentations and written summaries. Thus, the learners improve the four skills of language. Finally, learners are advised to archive their work to observe their progress and to refer to in the future.