(Originally posted in 2010)
Interjections are great structures to introduce into stories. They are phrases that can be used by the narrator of the story or by characters in the story with great effect. Because they are not always easy to use as a focus structure in PQA, reading and story-asking are the perfect venue for these babies.
Joe Nielson is an expert at interjections, and if you have ever had the privilege to see him in action you know what I mean!!! Pick the interjection of your choice and think about how you would like to use your voice to enhance it. Have you ever seen the old Flintstones cartoons? Yabadabadooo!!! Same word, same inflection, every time. It was Fred’s signature interjection! Think along those lines when picking a way to “deliver” the interjection. If that is not your strong point, let your students play with it!!
Some classic interjections…the English version:
It’s obvious! ;o) All of a sudden!
I don’t believe it!! Day after day after day!
Of course (not)!! No way!!
Interjections are also delightfully colloquial. It’s the perfect way to inject idiomatic expressions into our students’ lexicon. Think about which expressions are unique and amazing to the language that you teach.
With love, of course!!!
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