Where to begin
Where do we begin?
The first thing is to line up an instructor. Bottom line--the
instructor does not need to be an Euskara whiz, but instead someone
who has the passion and desire to get more people speaking and
learning Basque. The instructor needs a good (not excellent,
not completely fluent) grasp of Euskara. Their task will be to
facilitate and sustain the learning of Basque with recommended
bi-monthly meetings of 90 minutes each. We are currently at
work preparing an instructors resource booklet to assist them.
How do we get classes started? You'll
need to get the word out (newsletter notice; announce something at
your club's event, etc.) and organize a meeting for all those
interested. At this meeting you explain the objectives that
To get more people learning and
speaking Basque. Thus previous speakers of Basque are also
encouraged to participate because they can help others (assuming
they are willing to be patient and help others come along).
The "textbook" for the class
will be the software program BOGA. But few students learn
a language on their own; most of us need human interaction which
is why we wanted to learn the language in the first place.
Thus the primary task of the
instructor is not to go over material in BOGA; the
program is largely self-explanatory. Instead, the
instructor is there to coordinate "mintza-saioak" or
Classes will meet twice a month
(on a day that works for most) for 90 minutes each time.
These classes will be to provide an opportunity for students to
practice speaking. Time is short--the aim is to speak as
much as possible.
At the first meeting you'll take
students' names and email addresses so that you can have their
contact information and acquire their program pass codes.
Copies of BOGA can be distributed and you'll ask students to
load the program.
set of picture Powerpoints are intended for use in your club's
Euskara classes. For an alternative set of picture-vocabulary
Complete picture dictionary
are taking a Basque picture dictionary and breaking it down into
specific units that serve as vocabulary review lessons. The
following are currently available by sending an email (and you will
then receive them in an email attachment).
lessons were arranged so that you would first see the picture, and
then when you press the enter key on the keyboard the second part
would come up with the word in Basque (plus English). Note the
following when using Microsoft Powerpoint: you need to go into
the "slideshow" feature to get the images to appeared staggered.
You can do this one of three ways: at the bottom left hand
corner click on the small icon that looks like a screen; from the
"view" menu bar along the top select slideshow, or just press the
"F5" to start it. To get out of the slideshow format, press
the "esc" on your keyboard.
2-Denbora/Time & dates
3-Natura/plants & animals
5-Goza Harremanak/human relations
ZER DATOR: What's
coming for instructors
So you know what is being planned down
the road by your NABO Euskara Facilitator (John Ysursa):
Visiting Euskara Teacher in Chino
Barnetegia Ideas: BasqueFast
Lisa Corcostegui is completing work on
additional outlines of the BOGA lessons
"Kinku" Zinkunegi will soon be providing us with
conversation exercises due out in October 2006
Debut Lisa & Kinku's materials; BasqueFast methods