I submitted this to the blog of C.I. author Andrew Snider in September. In case you missed it, here is my response. See Andrew's books on our website here. What is your reaction? What did you wish you had known when started teaching with C.I.? WHAT DID YOU WISH [...]
There was a noteworthy article in the May 1, 2021 Atlanta Journal Constitution, Foreign Language Classes Get the Conversation Going, by H.M. Cauley. You can read the original article here. Below are some select quotes from that article and my commentary about the world language classrooms of Allyson Segal [...]
Producing the language by speaking or writing doesn't help students internalize grammar. There are benefits to production, but acquiring grammar isn't one of them. Reading and listening can do it though—and reading is the most differentiated because self-selected reading can reach each student at their own unique level.
Teaching with comprehensible input (98%) with occasional translation makes sense because students don’t acquire language from incomprehensible input. Many world language instructors are attracted to input-based teaching. They get that students cannot acquire language unless they hear it. So far, so good. That makes sense. So, they try to [...]
March 10, 2019 SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA ─ An astounding 89.3% of professionals change their minds as the direct result of public shaming and derogatory remarks by colleagues, a report in Innovation Diffusion Quarterly confirmed Monday. “Our research supports what many have long suspected,” an innovator told reporters. “Accusing, blaming [...]
When you feel discouraged, keep at it my friends. You do not know what the long-term results of your teaching will be. This is a recent letter from Rachel, a college French graduate who has dealt with the consequences of a traumatic head injury and many personal challenges over [...]