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THE QUESTIONABLE RELIABILITY OF A.I.

By |2024-03-25T11:29:43-06:00March 25th, 2024|

You can't always trust cat gut or ChatGPT (see the end of this article). Here is a typical conversation I’ve had recently with ChatGPT. I keep experiencing that the first answer is ALMOST ALWAYS wrong. I have to double and triple check from other sources, and I have to [...]

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM?

By |2022-11-23T16:04:19-07:00November 23rd, 2022|

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 [...]

WHAT TO TEACH BESIDES LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD LANGUAGE CLASSROOM

By |2022-10-22T10:31:38-06:00October 22nd, 2022|

In a Professional Coaching session with a friend and veteran Spanish teacher last week, she mentioned an issue that was troubling her regarding curriculum and instruction at her school: Some colleagues are spending a lot of class time promoting politics that are tangentially related to Spanish-speaking countries and populations [...]

TOO OFTEN, IMMERSION DOESN’T WORK THE WAY WE WANT

By |2020-08-25T17:56:23-06:00August 20th, 2020|

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 [...]

Doing Just a Little Bit Extra Every Day

By |2020-07-20T16:05:10-06:00July 20th, 2020|

Doing the Same Thing Every Day vs. Doing Just a Little Bit Extra Every Day (1.00)365 = 1.00 (1.01)365 = 37.78 Small, consistent effort is the key. Whether it is learning a new teaching skill, developing sound classroom management, acquiring a new language, or instilling habits in yourself and [...]

Leading Sociologist: Public Shaming is the Best Way to Change Minds

By |2020-03-10T14:29:48-06:00March 10th, 2020|

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 [...]

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