Phase 3 Reflections

I spent around 6 months doing Phase 3, and started to increase my hours slightly. I think I was doing 10hrs/wk GPA, 4hrs textbook. Overall around 170 GPA hrs, averaging 10 new words/hr. There’s a really helpful (probably intentional) logic to Phase 3. All the bible stories give you lots of simple bible vocab. This makes it easier to try listening to sermons. Anyway, here’s my the list of exercises I went through (some tips down below).

PhaseContext/Exercise
Phase 3A
























Place 01 – Lang school
Place 02 – Resturant
Place 03 – Taiwan schools
Script – Brushing teeth
Script – Drink milk
Script – Good morning
Script – Return home
Script – Riding bus
Script – Shopping
Cartoon 01 – Hidden Talents
Cartoon 02 – Secret Food
Cartoon 03 – Cone of Shame
Cartoon 04 – Magic Wand
Cartoon 05 – Monster
Cartoon 06 – Piano
Cartoon 07 – Baby sitter
Cartoon 08 – Postman
Cartoon 09 – Hippy
Cartoon 10 – Turf Wars
Cartoon 11 – Prickly Problem
Cartoon 12 – Spider
Cartoon 13 – Icecream
Cartoon 14 – Tree
Cartoon 15 – Blitzers Job
Cartoon 16 – Dog training
Cartoon 17 – Concrete
Phase 3B


































Bible story 01 – Gen 1
Bible story 02 – Gen 16
Bible story 03 – Gen 3
Bible story 04 – Gen 22
Bible story 05 – Exo 9
Bible story 06 – Passover
Bible story 07 – Forty Years (B4K)
Bible story 08 – Isaiah (B4K)
Bible story 09 – Mark 1
Bible story 10 – Luke 2
Bible story 11 – Parable of the sower (B4K)
Bible story 12 – Mark 4
Bible story 13 – John 11
Bible story 14 – Cross
Bible story 15 – Resurrection
Big Pic Bible – NT 01
Big Pic Bible – NT 02
Big Pic Bible – NT 04
Big Pic Bible – NT 05
Folk story 01 – 12 animals
Folk story 02 – Pangu
Folk story 03 – Houyi
Folk story 04 – Fox & tiger
Folk story 05 – Qiren sky falling
Folk story 06 – Lost horse / Saiwang
Fok story 07 – Moving a mountain
Folk story 08 – Sword & Shield
Folk story 09 – Clam & Bird
Folk story 10 – Dragon lover
Folk story 11 – Chang-e
Folk story 12 – Chinese sayings
Folk story 13 – Nuwa
Folk story 14 – Farmer
Folk story 15 – Hugupo
Folk story 16 – A-fu
Folk story 17 – White cat
Phase 3C

Sermon 01 – John 1
Sermon 02 – John 2
Sermon 03 – John 2

TIPS

  • The Cartoon exercise is fun and worked well. I used free Shaun the Sheep videos on Youtube. I found the GPA manual instructions on how to record this slightly unhelpful, after trying to follow the manual word-for-word, I modified it slightly and following this pattern:
    1. Watch cartoon once together with helper (both watching).
    2. Watch again, this time recording helper narrate the action.
    3. However I let my helper control the stop/play buttons, so she could pause whilst narrating some of the busy parts. This made for a much smoother recording than if she tries to keep up with the cartoon without pausing (GPA manual suggests this). Usually, this method results in a recording about 2x the length of the original cartoon (e.g. 15 min recording to narrate a 7 min cartoon).
    4. Then, we start listening to the audio recording together, doing the GPA clarify recording / massage recording technique. At this point we usually don’t need to look at the video again.
  • Bible Stories was a bit tricky. I tried 3 options:
    1. Using bible storytelling examples which were already recorded in my target language. This was convenient, but the main issue was recording quality (often poor) and bad accents (non-native speakers).
    2. Using the translated stories from bibleforchildren.org. My helper would read it out, I would record, and then we discuss. But this was very hard – the translations were not natural language, they were written style. As a result the grammar and vocab was very dense and outside my Growth Zone. I gave up on these quickly. (Also, the stories were quite long).
    3. Using a translation of the Big Picture Story Bible. This was at least better than #2, because these stories aren’t so dense, and include a lot more simple sentences. However, they were still written stories, and as a result the difficulty level was kinda high.
  • If I did this step over again, I think I would focus on finding a Christian to tell me bible stories and make my own recordings. And I might try option #3 a bit.