I spent around 3 months in Phase 2, doing a weekly class schedule of 6 hrs textbook, 7 hrs GPA. Let me tell you, Phase 2 rocks! The wordless picture books activity is so engaging, and learning new words without any English is (a) fun, (b) memorable, and (c) very motivating. Here’s my stats:
|P2 A||Moral Tale 1||2||9||5|
|Moral Tale 2||2||17||9|
|Bird & Worm||1||15||15|
|P2 B||Frog where are you?||5||46||9|
|P2 C||My life story||12||92||8|
|Teachers life story||20||116||6|
- When you’re self-coaching GPA, the weekly prep time needed drops drastically once you hit P2. There’s barely any prep needed for class. So you gain a whole lot more time back (compared to P1) and can focus on your homework (listening to your audio files).
- As I noted above, P2 is fantastic for creating vivid memories. I found it incredibly engaging, motivating, and memorable. There were lots of laughs with my teacher as we worked through the stories. All of this made the vocab I learnt quite easy to remember.
- GPA recommends 150 hrs in P2, I only spent 92 hrs. However, I also did around 70hrs of textbook classes in parallel with P2. So I figured I may as well move on to P3 and try it out. The GPA manual suggests similar – move on when you think you’re ready, and you can always move back if the next phase is too hard.
- The life story activity in P2C is awesome. If you have a religious background, you can use it to learn to share your story. And it was so helpful for beginning to build real relationship with my teacher.