On August 22nd, Willem Larsen and Evan Gardner will be visiting Albuquerque to teach a language fluency game called “Where are your Keys?”
“Where are your Keys?” is an integrated set of teaching techniques that creates fluent speakers in a language without resorting to textbooks or homework. You can play the game anywhere, anytime, with anyone, so long as you have a single fluent speaker of the target language.
Because “Where are you Keys?” is a game, learning how to play the game also trains you to teach the game. You can take your level of fluency and teach another person up to your level. It is a way for a community to rapidly teach themselves a language by making every learner a new teacher.
“Where are your Keys” teaches not only language, but principles of learning that can be applied to any skill or field of knowledge. It does this through the “Learning How to Learn” game, which will make you a better learner, even if you don’t use the game to learn a language.
Evan’s approach to learning has altered the way I get work done on my farm, treating every task as an opportunity to both teach and learn. It has changed the way I think about my farm projects, as I now see ways to create an environment that itself teaches–one open to observation and questioning.
If you are a teacher, if you have a passion for learning, if you are interested in language, I would really like you to attend this class. I’m interested in building fluency in myself and in my community, and I’d like to do it with you.
We’ll be officially meeting at Sunflower River Farm on Saturday, August 22nd from 9AM to 1PM. We’ll provide lunch afterward and refreshments throughout the day. If you can’t make this time, Willem and Evan will be available all day Saturday, August 22nd and all day Sunday, August 23rd. More time slots will be created as the need arises.
Please comment below for directions or to RSVP.
I have personally committed $300 to bring these two people to Albuquerque. This only covers half of their travel expenses. If you are interested in supporting this project, a donation of $20, whether or not you can attend this class, would be greatly appreciated.
If you’d like more information, here are some links to published material about “Where are your Keys?”
An outline of the first round of playing “Where are your Keys?”
The “Where are your Keys?” Blog
a podcast where Willem Larson interviews Evan Gardner about WAYK
This game is still very new. The best material is only available orally. I hope to see you there!