Cafe Q offers menus for thoughtful conversations. Each menu set has a theme and a set of questions that explore variations on that theme. Cafe Q can be used for group conversations, speaking practice, and as writing prompts.
Most importantly Cafe Q provides a structure for developing critical thinking skills through inquiry based learning. Asking questions of ourselves and finding the value of the answers we have for each other.
Cafe Q Conversations: Experiences
“What happened?” is a question that is easier to ask than to answer. It can be hard to understand ourselves and the world around us. It helps to go step by step. First to describe an experience and then to interpret it. And then to look again at how the two fit together: What happened? and How do I feel about that? It can help to do that in a new language. Thinking about things in a second language is harder, but the difficulty is good. It slows us down and makes us more careful thinkers. We focus on the vocabulary and the grammar: Is this the right word? Is this the best way to say it? In our first language words are as natural as feelings, and we can say things without thinking about them. In a new language we really do choose our words more carefully.