The Power of Memorized Phrases for Can-Do Speaking

The 2017 Can-Do statements constantly mention “memorized …phrases” at the Novice level of Interpersonal Speaking. Memorized phrases imply that the students have memorized a whole phrase or question; they learned it as as unit, not as individual words. Memorized phrases or questions imply going beyond learning a discrete word to learning a phrase or question that communicates meaning. Memorized implies that the students can spontaneously recall this phrase or question and use it whenever they need it in a conversation. Since the question and answer are memorized, the students automatically respond to a memorized question with a commonly used memorized answer such as answering “How are you?” with “I’m fine.”

The memorization frees the students from having to create their own questions in a word by word fashion. Often students take a memorized question and vary a part of it such as “Where is the bathroom?” to “Where is the airport?” These memorized questions and answers form the basis for many varied questions and answers;once students memorize the formula of the question, they can substitute in the variable such as a place.

What memorized phrases do your students know?

A few Spanish activities that encourage memorized phrases:
Spanish Answer Oral Questions Review 2-Partner Talk  Answer 10 questions within a time period
Spanish Family Indepth Speed Interviews- Partner Talk  Do 4 Family Interviews of 10 questions each
Spanish School In-Depth Speed Interview-Partner Talk    Do 4 school interviews of 10 questions each