Evan Gardner, creator of Where Are Your Keys (WAYK), discusses the purpose and effective use of a core WAYK concept: Techniques (TQs). TQs are tools for teaching, as well as tools for learning. Evan walks us through several TQs that can help everyone involved in language community work together; they can help students learn and teachers teach. Example TQs include Slow Down, Hurry Up, Louder, Again, In Threes, How Fascinating, Angel on Your Shoulder. Because many TQs have gestures associated with them, they are useful for having meta-conversations about the learning process while maintaining an immersion environment. Evan also talks about the process of identifying the need for a TQ, creating the TQ, and then naming and associating a sign with the TQ. Techniques exist for many settings or contexts: community building, classroom teaching, community language night, or one-on-one instruction.
For more WAYK Techniques, be sure to check out our Techniques Glossary: whereareyourkeys.org/technique-glossary/
This series of videos was produced for Where Are Your Keys by Sky Hopinka in 2015.
Music by Amy Ogmundson & Sky Hopinka.