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 [...]

By |2019-02-22T16:56:18+00:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Books, Daily Routine, Reading|0 Comments


These are the quotes I use to motivate students and to justify reading in the classroom to skeptical parents and administrators:   READING IS FASTER THAN TRADITIONAL INSTRUCTION “Picking up word meanings by reading is 10 times faster than intensive vocabulary instruction.” ―Stephen Krashen (1993). The Power of Reading, p. 15, citing a study by Nagy, Herman and Anderson   READING BUILDS BIGGER VOCABULARIES “Less frequent words... may best be learned by reading extensively, because there is just not enough time to learn them all through conscious study.” ―Norbert Schmitt (2000). Vocabulary in Language Teaching, p. 137   READING STORIES [...]

By |2019-01-15T20:57:44+00:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Books, C.I. Skeptics, Encouragement, Krashen, Light Reading, Reading|0 Comments


“That is how learning to read begins—first people read to you, then they read with you, and finally they give up because you have taken control of your own reading and don’t want anyone else to interfere. Usually it happens remarkably quickly, so smoothly that it is rarely noticed. Of course, you don’t learn to read all at once. You learn one word at a time—and no one can predict each successive word that you learn will be. It’s not easy to learn new words from word lists, where there is no meaningful context. But new words are learned with [...]


The student has excelled the teacher, the ultimate wish of any educator. I received word the other day from a former student, David Dalton, that he has a PhD in Spanish and is now an assistant professor at The University of North Carolina. He has a book coming out next month called Mestizo Modernity: Race, Technology, and the Body in Post-revolutionary Mexico. Here is a pdf where you can get a discount on the book: file:///C:/Users/bryce/Downloads/Mestizo_Modernity_INDIVIDUALS_AU718.pdf Dr. Dalton's faculty page is here:  

By |2018-07-29T16:04:49+00:00July 29th, 2018|Categories: Books, Hope, Uncategorized|0 Comments


CHARLESTON, WV—Multiple witnesses claim they’ve spotted groups of homeless language learner novels, shivering, hungry and homeless, by a local freeway off-ramp begging for food and money. Several witnesses claim that some of the novels were holding up cardboard signs offering to give compelling input for food. “The poor things look seriously neglected and abused,” one woman said after handing a dollar bill out the window to a particularly scrawny level 2 novel. “It’s so sad that in a country that values education as much as America does, novels are going hungry out in the cold.” One novel in the group [...]

By |2018-03-23T17:49:13+00:00March 24th, 2018|Categories: Books, Fake News & Satire, Satire|0 Comments

TPRS Novel Makes Daring Escape from Neglectful Teacher’s Bookshelf

CHARLESTON, WV—After years of alleged imprisonment and neglect in a world language classroom, a TPRS novel at long last made a harrowing escape from local high school, sources confirmed Thursday. The novel told local police investigators it was able to escape the classroom where it had been imprisoned and ignored for years by waiting until the exact time that the classroom teacher was away making copies of work packets for the students next week, when it sprinted down the hall, through the abandoned school library and out the side door of the building. A passing motorist saw the novel on [...]

By |2018-02-16T17:11:44+00:00February 16th, 2018|Categories: Books, Fake News & Satire, Reading, Satire|Tags: |0 Comments