Laurie Clarq– the inventor of embedded readings— is one of the nicest, smartest teachers I have ever met. Not only is she a T.P.R.S. goddess, she also beat cancer, is a brilliant presenter, a solid writer, and just an all-around wonderful person. She’s been doing comprehensible input for a loooong time now and recently on Ben’s she submitted some comments re: how to circle.
Circling is where the teacher says a sentence– e.g. Mike saw the girl— and then asks yes/no, either/or, true/false and more-detail questions about it, all the time repeating the target structure. This is how we get repetitions of target structures and also how we add detail. Circling was invented by Susan Gross.
So today, here are some comments shamelessly stolen from Ben’s blog 😉 where Laurie gives some ideas about circling. You’ll have to join Ben’s ($5/month– a good deal) for the full-meal-deal.
Laurie writes: “Confusion about circling is often at the heart of why people feel successful [in this work], or don’t. When we first learn to “circle” we learn that we can stay on one question/statement and get over a dozen ways to ask questions on that one question/statement. When we practice, we practice using that statement all of those different ways. It helps us to get familiar with all of the different options for asking questions/making statements and recycling one simple structure.