Developed by Jenny Moon, University of Exeter
This is an imagined dialogue between Toni and a teacher, Mr Jaques, who inspired her and was helpful at school. Toni is using this exercise in the context of a learning journal in a Careers and Personal Development Planning module in her biology degree programme. She is trying to make up her mind what group of modules to choose for her final year studies. She 'seeks advice' from a teacher whom she remembers as being very helpful at school. She writes what she would ask and then 'listens' (in her imagination) for the response and the continuation of the conversation.
TONI Hello, Mr Jaques, I haven't seen you for a long time - since I left school. You were really helpful to me at school. You always seemed to give me good advice, and I remember when you went through that essay and showed me how I could make it a lot better. I was always better at writing essays after that time. I seemed to understand what to do.
MR JAQUES Hello, Toni, how are you getting on - is it some more help that you want? How can I help?
TONI Yes, I need some help. I don't know what modules to take next year. I have to make a choice very soon. I am getting quite worried about it. I don't know how to make a choice.
MR JAQUES OK, what are the choices?
© RoutledgeFalmer (2004)