Friday, March 14, 2014

Here are some resources to help you begin learning about how to use Maurice Hazan's QTalk Method with Q-Cards in your classroom.

This product video demonstrates how the teacher arranges the images and prompts students to speak:

Our step-by-step guide for teachers is using the Spanish Seed series for examples, but will help any teacher understand how to use the Q-Cards in class. The same techniques can also be used with the digital tools such as the DLS products, or one-on-one lessons or small group activities using mini-Q-Cards, so the guide is applicable to all those situations. The PDF is downloadable from the website, for QTalk customers. We will be creating a version of this material that will be a free download - subscribe to this blog and we'll be sure to post here when it's available and how to get it.
We are working on expanding the training materials with a dedicated website:

Teaching with flashcards is nearly a universal practice. Q-Cards simply take the concept a step further, so that you can stimulate the students to think in their target language without the interference of 'reading from their internal text" where they visualize the written word and associate it with the sound, but not necessarily the meaning. You end up with students who can conjugate verbs, write vocabulary words, even produce very good pronunciation, but when you go beyond the memorized materials, you realize there is not a basic connection between the sound of the word and the meaning. The sound of the word and the neuro-muscular production of the word, is only useful when it is in the context of a complete expression. 
So that's what Q-Cards allow you to do. 
We need to keep helping you, to use this technique and we hope by posting more examples and tips, it will enable you to be most effective in your teaching.

Comment here if you have suggestions for us - we welcome your ideas and will respond to your questions. 

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