My "Survivor" Classroom

  •                                             Survivor

    Survivor during the 2014-2015 School Year:

    During my studies at IUP, I had many opportunities to observe techniques and methodologies being used at various school districts that were considered to be "revolutionizing" in language classrooms.  Throughout my observations, I have adapted a methodology called "Survivor" that was originally created by Kevin Lyons of Greensburg Salem School District.

    "Survivor" is a methodology that is used to assist in facilitating a simulated immersion atmosphere.  "Simulated Immersion" is a second language methodology based on Terrell's "Natural Approach" and Krashen's "Input Hypothesis."  Put simply, it tries to reproduce and recreate the environment in which we all acquired our first language. This environment avoids translation at all costs, focusing on "Negotiation of Meaning" between teacher and student (or student to student) to foster communicational proficiency.

    My adapted version of Kevin Lyon's "Survivor" is an incentive-based "game" in which students receive classroom perks for speaking Spanish.  They focus on communicating only in Spanish while getting "paid" with "Panteras" - my self-created currency.  During each class period, they accumulate "Panteras" in order to buy perks from the "Panther Store."  If they use English while engaging in off-task behavior or in order to communicate anything that they can say in Spanish, they are fined "Panteras" or may be temporarily eliminated from the game.

    This game is played throughout the whole school year and increases the students use of the Spanish language by providing them with perks for communicating in Spanish!
  • 1. Click here to access a detailed description of "Survivor" and the rules that each student receives at the beginning of the school year.
  • 2. Click here to see the student contract that each student must acknowledge and sign.
  • 3. Click here to see a preliminary version of the "Panther Store" that students can "purchase" from by using their earned "Panteras." On the second page, you will also find the classroom "fines" and the costs of those fines.