SEATTLE, WA—Veteran local Spanish teacher Y.A. Basta, 37, reports he is still confident that this year his attempts will finally be fruitful and yield classes full of fluent speakers after 14 consecutive years of frustration. Basta admits that in the past, students could not remember anything, or even order a cup of coffee in Madrid, despite up to 4 years of intensive study in his classes. While most teachers would cry out, “Enough!” and seek different methods after such a run of failure, Basta is not swayed, confirming to sources that he will “stay the course” until he is successful [...]
The Ho-Chunk special person poster is now available. Ho-Chunk is a native American language. There are members of the Ho-Chunk nation all over North America, but the nation is centered in Wisconsin. I feel fortunate and honored to have had the opportunity to visit, observe and design a program to teach Ho-Chunk teachers acquisition-based techniques to help them to preserve their language, culture and identity. See the Ho-Chunk Special Person classroom poster here. https://www.brycehedstrom.com/wp-content/uploads/Ho-Chunk-Special-Person.pdf Thanks to Shena Munden, from the Ho-Chunk nation in Wisconsin for the translation.
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 the past several years. Her perseverance and ingenuity, as well as the power of acquisition-based teaching are both on display here. Dear Mr. Hedstrom, The other day I got into a minor traffic accident. The other driver spoke only Spanish, but I ended up feeling like a TPRS superstar because I [...]
When you start a daily self-selected reading program your students will complain–even if you provide a wide selection. Even if you allow them to to select what they read. when the complaints roll in, have faith that they will subside if you stay strong. Here's what has worked for me: 1) Make this poster an place it prominently in the front of your classroom: “Picking up word meanings by reading is 10 times faster than intensive vocabulary instruction.” ―Stephen Krashen, The Power of Reading When the daily whining begins, point your laser pointer at the poster. Make no expression on your [...]
When kids didn't get it, I used to suspect they were stupid and lazy. Now that I realize people acquire language by comprehensible input, I suspect that I am.
最后用中文！ The Chinese translation of the Special Person student interview posters are available on the "Free Stuff" page. Download poster #1 (basic questions) here, and poster #2 (preferences) here. Thank you Jian Li, of Dallas, Texas for the translations!