TOO OFTEN, IMMERSION DOESN’T WORK THE WAY WE WANT

By |2020-08-25T17:56:23-06:00August 20th, 2020|

Teaching with comprehensible input (98%) with occasional translation makes sense because students don’t acquire language from incomprehensible input. Many world language instructors are attracted to input-based teaching. They get that students cannot acquire language unless they hear it. So far, so good. That makes sense. So, they try to [...]

I Want My Students to Produce More & Better Output!

By |2020-02-27T16:09:51-07:00February 27th, 2020|

We all want more and better output from our students, but how does that happen? The iceberg is students' total acquisition. The part above the water line is what they can say and write–the messages they can produce. The bigger part under water is what students can comprehend by [...]

Spanish Teacher Accused of Appropriating Math Teacher Culture

By |2020-11-08T14:16:37-07:00February 24th, 2020|

February 24, 2020 SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—Spanish teacher Teo Retica Mente has been accused of using non-communicative teaching methods, a serious allegation. But even more serious is the allegation that in so doing, he has appropriated math teacher culture. Mente habitually teaches using formulas and long explanations in English [...]

QUESTIONS ABOUT TEACHING WITH TPRS/CI

By |2019-10-22T10:44:29-06:00October 22nd, 2019|

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 [...]

LAWSUIT ON BEHALF OF LANGUAGE STUDENTS MOVES AHEAD

By |2019-04-07T20:06:31-06:00April 7th, 2019|

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Federal authorities confirmed yesterday that a nationwide class action lawsuit has been filed to sue school districts across the USA for financial compensation to generations of dissatisfied world language students. If the case is successful, thousands of teachers, administrators and school district officials will be held liable for [...]

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