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Guided Interview Task

The aim of this task was for learners to talk in an open ended way about past events, with reference both to themselves and to others. There were two sub-tasks, "Famous People" and "Autobiography". For "Famous People", the learners viewed a series of 8 pictures of famous people from the past, and chose four to explain what they knew about them.

Sample pictures, "Famous people" task

John Lennon

John Lennon

Diana, Princesa de Gales

Diana, Princesa de Gales

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler

For "Autobiography", the learners first of all completed a personal timeline showing some major events in their life. They then were asked to describe these memories, and answered a series of follow-up questions to elicit one time and habitual actions.

Sample timeline, Year 10 students, "Autobiography" task

Sample timeline, Year 10 students, Autobiography task

Sample questions, “Autobiography” task

  1. ¿Y tu vida..has tenido una vida interesante?
  2. Describe la experiencia cuando tú…
  3. Cuéntame la experiencia cuando tú…
  4. ¿Qué hacías normalmente cuando tenías 5 años?
  5. ¿Qué juguetes eran tus favoritos? ¿Por qué?
  6. ¿Con quién pasabas tiempo? ¿Qué cosas hacíais juntos?
  7. ¿Era diferente la vida en 1985 (u otro año)?
  8. ¿Qué cosas hacían los niños en año XXXX?
  9. ¿Cómo era la gente durante este tiempo?
  10. ¿A qué jugaban los niños?