Oral History Tips

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Tips for Conducting an Oral History Interview BEFORE the Day of the Interview Introduce yourself and the assignment. Explain who you are (if the interviewee does not know you very well), what you have been learning in MAS 10B and what the nature of this assignment is. Make sure that you have their permission to use their life story for this assignment. Assure them that the instructors are the only other people besides you who will read the final product. Set up a specific day and time for the interview. Give your interviewee an opportunity to arrange some quiet time in his or her schedule. Think of a good location, one that will have minimal distractions and allow you both to hear each other. Prepare for the big event. Although you have been provided with sample questions, remember to tailor them for your interviewee. For example, if your interviewee was born in the US, then the “immigration” questions obviously will not apply. At the same time, be open to veer off-track a little during the actual interview, as new and interesting questions may arise once you begin to hear the life story. Do not hesitate to alter your
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