Paired Verbal Fluency
This process provides a structured framework for activating background knowledge and generating and sharing ideas about a topic.
- Have learners pair up so they are working in partners. Decide who is partner A and who is partner B.
- Provide a topic that learners will discuss in turn for a timed duration.
- A will begin speaking about the topic. B listens closely and carefully to A because the challenge of this strategy is that when it is B’s turn, he/she does not repeat anything that A said. There are three rounds:
- Round One: A talks for 60 seconds. Teacher calls “Switch.” B talks for 60 seconds, sharing knowledge and related experiences about the topic that A did not verbalize.
- Round Two: A will start. Duration is now 40 seconds. Challenge: to share new information that was not shared in the first round. Teacher calls “Switch.” B talks for 40 seconds.
- Round Three: Repeat the process for 20-second time periods.
Flip the times for each round, starting with 20 seconds, moving to 40 seconds and ending with 60 seconds.
Adapted from: Lipton, L., & Wellman, B. (2011). Groups at Work: Strategies and Structures for Professional Learning (p. 16). MiraVia.