Today in Auckland, I have given a demonstration of OWIs. I titled it: Desde a la Palabra a la Escritura Creativa en el Aula de ELE. Contrary to the first time, in another workshop organised by the education attache from the Spanish embassy, I did not work with my students but with a group of young adults studying Spanish at University whom I did not know at all. They were shy, out of the comfort zone and felt very exposed: New teacher plus being observed by other Spanish teachers at the back of the room.
By then end of the session, they were looking at each other with smiles, laughing, acting words with actions, using voices to convey emotions (con solemnidad, con voz profunda, con una voz implacable – see Ben’s Director’s Cues), using very sophisticated Spanish, using rejoinders cards and other funny expressions.
It was hard work, but it was such a nice experience to demonstrate the power of OWIs.
At the end of the workshop, the organiser who had seen me previously doing OWIs with my own classes, told me how fascinating was to see OWIs to develop both the Spanish, but in particular a cohesive community thatâ€™s learning and having fun together.
He told me that he saw a community being created from zero in a Space of an hour. A community!