This handout [PDF] helps explain the four phases of the Arc of Dialogue model of interpretation, moving interpreters through each phase. These four phases are:

  • Building Community
  • Sharing Personal Experiences
  • Exploring Experience of Others
  • Synthesizing and Bringing Closure

The handout can be used in conjunction with the worksheet for designing an arc of dialogue to help an interpreter craft a full dialogic experience.

What you’ll learn

  • Four phases of the Arc of Dialogue, including the key criteria and sample questions for each phase
  • Criteria for crafting a good question
  • Examples of fact-based questions versus open-ended questions

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  1. This model was the first one I learned when I was trained in Facilitated Dialogue, and I’ve found it useful since as I’ve been exposed to other ways of structuring my thinking with more or less complex models. In particular, I think this model does a good job at encouraging me to think about what questions come before or after each other, since it is framed together as a cohesive arc.

    This handout has really good concrete examples of what questions in each phase look like, and offers multiple ways of understanding the goal of each phase. I think this is a more complex model, and can be good for folks who need clearer guidance and more developed structure.


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