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SOCRATIC QUESTIONING & LANGUAGE TEACHING

The main thing that some students learn in a foreign language class is that learning another language is just way too hard for them. They mainly learn that they stink at it. They think that becoming fluent is beyond them and that they will never get it. But they are wrong. All students can learn another language. They can learn if their teachers will skillfully ask series of questions that lead them to fluency. We need to believe in this goal and believe that there are good reasons for it and that there is a process to achieve it. It [...]

SOCRATIC QUESTIONING AND TPRS

The main thing that some students learn in a foreign language class is that learning another language is just way too hard for them.  They mainly learn that they stink at it.  They think that becoming fluent is beyond them and that they will never get it.  But they are wrong.  All students can learn another language.  They can learn if their teachers will skillfully ask series of questions that lead them to fluency. We need to believe in this goal and believe that there are good reasons for it and that there is a process to achieve it. It [...]

CLASSROOM OBSERVATION BY A FRENCH TEACHER

Here are the reflections on a recent classroom observation by Bridget Webster, a middle school French teacher. Her heartfelt and keen observations will help to encourage teachers that are considering taking the plunge into Teaching with Comprehensible Input (TCI). Bridget has been teaching for three years and is relatively new to TCI. She devoted an entire day to observing my classroom and she, as well as her colleagues, stayed well after the school day to discuss what they had seen. Looks like she gets it. Bridget has since implemented many strategies she saw, particularly the use of the "I don't understand" and [...]

SSR WIN!

For the first 2 1/2 weeks we have been focusing on just two areas: 1) classroom routines, procedures and rituals, and 2) Personal interviews. The affect and confidence level in the class is just about right: students are confident that they can learn Spanish and comfortable with the environment we have established so far. The interviews are progressing and the students are picking up more high frequency verbs they will need to communicate in class and read the passel of novels available to them. Students are doing well, but on Friday they amazed me. We were drilling the calm, quiet [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:15-06:00August 31st, 2015|Categories: Hope, Light Reading, Reading, Starting the Year, Weekly Routine|Tags: |0 Comments

STARTING THE SCHOOL YEAR: HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Another school year is upon us. This series will be some things that have worked for me. Knowing your own expectations and establishing your mindset is by far the most important first step. Here is my "How to Participate" poster, which encapsulates that first step for me. I have it blown up to poster size and put it prominently on the front wall of the classroom. I think it was good before, but this is even better. Some businesses have said they have put it in their conference rooms as a guideline.   The poster is based on Jen Schongalla's [...]