Wednesday, July 13, 2011

SALITARAL (learning a new language the Filipino way)

We are now on our subject, SALITARAL, that is learning a new language the Filipino way. We have very good instructors who by years have trained those venturing to language learning.

The subject is so easy to learn since it starts with listening. Oh well let me restate that, its not thatt easy ok. Its because we people are used to speak out our differences especially. We are having real hard time listening for we want others to listen to us instead. Our facilitators asked us to pick a name that we will used for the rest of the sessions. We then need to introduce ourselves while saying other members name. We enjoyed the grouping which will be our core in learning a new language. We are going to experience the language learning inside our classroom. Three of our classmates who have a second language other than what we know are tasked to be the Kwentista, that is they are responsible to educate us with the new language.

We have been introduced with how they call family members. In our group Pangasinense is our new language. Its a  native dialect in the northern part of the Philippines. Our first tasks is to stop, look and listen. just like what we see passing a train station. We need to take a very good look at the objects being discussed while listening to the right pronunciation. Wow! That was a task we all enjoyed, though there are times when we are tempted to ask questions and clarify the pronunciation while our facilitator motioned zipping her lips.

Language learning is really a tedious tasks but if done the right way one will definitely enjoy and eventually may lead to instructing others to take the same path one has taken to enjoy it.




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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Storying

I have been a sunday school teacher since I was 14. And I can still remember the joy and heartaches it brought me. But I always enjoy it when I am to tell stories. Pictures, toys  and anything that could relate with my story will be part of every sunday story. I love it when kids would be so excited that their parents would come to me and say that their kids share with them what they did at their sunday school class, for me that is fulfillment.

But this Bible storying is different from what I have learned and taught. Story telling is just the reading of the story with additions by me, which means I say words not said in the Bible, and actions which is but the product of my own imagination. Storying is not even part of the dictionary used with google that it is underlined with red.

Storying is when one carefully reads the Bible and have a mental imprint of its truth which at the given time to share the story, not just with all the emotions, but in all truth. Then goes the part when one processes what is heard through questions which have been carefully thought of.

We had a very good couple who had the experience of teaching and training for sometime now. they have been a blessing to us, especially with the idea of telling people story's that impact lives.

I also learned a lot from this website http://biblestorying.net/

Happy storying!



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