Evan Gardner, creator of Where Are Your Keys (WAYK), talks about the importance of a common understanding of what “fluency” is. WAYK likes using the proficiency levels described by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) as a general guideline. WAYK has developed a story called “Travels With Charlie,” that summarizes these proficiency levels and presents a method for rating and self-evaluating fluency. The ACTFL levels (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior) appear in “Travels with Charlie” as: Tarzan at the Party (memorized words and phrases); Get to the Party (when is the party, where is the party, who’s coming to the party, what should I bring, how do I get there—present tense, question and answer, and simple dialogue); What Happened at the Party Last night? (can you describe a specific moment in time using past, present, and future tense); What if Parties Were Illegal? (discussion about the economy, society, politics, and culture—the ability to talk about the world without yourself in it).
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.