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THE FREQUENCY OF NUMBER-RELATED VOCABULARY

  • Which words would you add to the lists of number-related vocabulary below? • Which ones do you tend not to use? • What are your favorite techniques for using numbers meaningfully? NOTE: Activities and games for teaching and reinforcing numbers will be available for a limited time at https://storylabs.app/signup . Put in the book code hedstrom (all lower case) for free access until July 1. Some number-related vocabulary sticks with students, some doesn’t. That stickiness has to do with how often students see and hear those words after the numbers unit is over. If your curriculum requires you [...]

DUE TO LACK OF POLLUTION, MOUNTAIN OF EVIDENCE SUPPORTING C.I. IS NOW VISIBLE IN MUCH OF THE U.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA—One silver lining to the limited auto traffic due to the corona virus quarantine is that skies are clearing and the mountain of evidence for teaching with comprehensible input is now clearly visible. Reduced emissions have revealed the overwhelming piles of research indicating that people acquire language by comprehensible input (C.I.). The giant stack of studies has been there and has been growing for more than 40 years, but it was not clear to all before now. In the past, some world language publishers, university professors and classroom teachers imagined that the enormous stack of evidence for C.I. [...]

THE PROBLEM WITH NUMBERS: WORD FREQUENCY

-What surprises for you about the word-frequency of the number words on the list below? -What do you notice about the frequency of these numbers and number-related words? -What activities do you do to help your students acquire and retain number vocabulary?   A Frequency Dictionary of Spanish, by Mark Davies (also available in all other major languages) can be the language teacher’s best friend. Take numbers, for instance. Being aware of the frequency with which number vocabulary is used can help us understand what to teach and can also explain why students can have trouble remembering all of the [...]

By |2020-05-14T17:56:42-06:00May 9th, 2020|Categories: Games, Numbers, Word Frequency|Tags: |1 Comment

JUST MISSED IT! WORLD LANGUAGE TEXTBOOK EDITORS ELIMINATED IN ROUND 1 OF ‘WHEEL OF FORTUNE’

May 5, 2020 NEW YORK—World language teachers often suspect that language publishers still do not quite get how languages are actually acquired, and this week’s prime time nationwide telecast was no help in allaying those fears. On this week’s special language educators’ episode of Wheel of Fortune, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, editors from major world language publishers were invited to strut their stuff and show off how much they understood about their field. Only one letter remained covered by the end of round #1. The category was How Language is Acquired. The audience, which consisted mostly of publishing [...]

CINCO DE MAYO QUIZ & READING

Cinco de Mayo is almost here. Sadly, it won't be as big of a celebration this year, but we can still teach students a bit about it. Wouldn't you bet that most of them think it is Mexican Independence Day? Here is a quiz and a reading in Spanish with much high frequency vocabulary. Words that novice students may not know are glossed below each paragraph. The vocabulary is sheltered, but not the grammar. Students will understand most of the text due to context and familiar vocabulary, even though much of it is written in the past tense and there [...]

READING QUOTES

Reading Quotes w Citations  These are quotations you will want to be aware of about why reading is so important for language acquisition and how to read with students. They are from leading thinkers in world language. There are categories on The Efficiency of Reading, Reading & Vocabulary, Reading & Grammar, Reading Aloud to Students, Authentic Texts, Reading Versus Video, and Self-Selected Reading. Each quote also has the scholarly source so you can look them up yourself and quote them with confidence. Here are a couple of my favorites: STUDENTS CAN ACQUIRE DIFFICULT GRAMMAR JUST BY READING “The only significant predictor of the [...]

By |2020-04-20T17:25:20-06:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Reading, SLA Theory|Tags: , , |0 Comments