Administrators

QUESTIONS ABOUT TEACHING WITH TPRS/CI

In September I was a guest lecturer in Nyssa Knarvik’s Teaching Methodology for Foreign Language Instruction graduate course at Colorado State University. I talked about Krashen’s hypotheses and gave a demo of a TPRS-style story. I have been invited back in November. Here are some questions the students have about TPRS/CI. These are good questions by a sharp group of graduate students, all of whom are currently teaching. I have some answers in mind, but I am interested in finding out what members of the group are thinking. Please share what you would add or alter in the responses below. [...]

COLORFUL SPANISH: VOCABULARY HELP FOR NEW TEACHERS

A Short Glossary of Insults and Off-Color Street Spanish. Find the whole list here Among some groups, I suppose this vocabulary could be considered high-frequency, but not in polite company. This material was originally published in Conversational Spanish, a textbook I wrote and used in my college classes for almost 20 years.  It is intended to inform adults. I have never taught my upper-level high school students units on cussing in Spanish, despite their ardent pleas over the years. Although I agree that it would be useful for them to be aware of some of the curse words in Spanish, I never [...]

COMPREHENSION CHECK & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (Krashen’s Hypotheses Series, #9 of 9)

  Check Your Understanding of Krashen's Hypotheses: (See all 9 posts in this series, plus a satirical piece on Krashen's work here)    Check Your Understanding of Krashen's Hypotheses . 1.  _________________________ is the unconscious absorbing of language when exposed to comprehended messages. 2.  _________________________ is getting conscious, focused knowledge of certain elements of a language through grammatical explanations, drills and studying. 3.  _________________________ results in knowing about the language. 4.  _________________________ results in being able to understand and use the language spontaneously and unconsciously. 5.  The ________________________ hypothesis suggests that the grammatical elements of a language are acquired in a predictable sequence that cannot [...]

THE INPUT HYPOTHESIS (Krashen’s Hypotheses Series, #5 of 9)

(Previous post in this series: The Natural Order of Acquisition) The next post in this series, The Affective Filter Hypothesis (#6/9) is found here. Focus like a MANIAC I: The Input Hypothesis This is the big one "Comprehensible input is the cause of language acquisition."   This is the most influential of Krashen’s hypotheses—the one that has changed the way world languages are taught. It asserts that we develop language ability when we understand messages in the target language. Languages are not acquired by studying, by traditional practice, or by listening and repeating. Languages are acquired as we hear or [...]

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KRASHEN’S HYPOTHESES OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: Introduction (#1 of 9)

More teachers are discovering the joy of teaching with comprehensible input-based methods like TPRS. To effectively implement the WHAT and the HOW of these methods, understanding the WHY is crucial. Dr. Stephen Krashen’s Hypotheses of Language Acquisition are the why. In this series of posts we will explore each of Krashen's major hypotheses and how they apply in the classroom. Krashen’s is not the only model of learning teachers need to know, but due to their enormous influence, it is crucial that modern language teachers understand these hypotheses and how they apply in the classroom. This is the same series of lessons [...]

INTERVIEW BUZZWORD BINGO

It’s interview time again. All over the country administrative teams are sitting through tedious interviews with world language teacher candidates, smiling benignly and trying to stay awake. But help is here! This handy Buzzword Bingo card makes interviewing fun again. Simply mark every time one of the dubious, outdated or ineffective teaching practices on the card is mentioned or implied to weed out candidates the fun way. The first interviewer that gets a BINGO and works the word “bingo” into a comment or question wins! Hesitation, blank looks or omissions by the interviewee when answering questions also count, so pay [...]