STORY IDEA USING DIRECT OBJECT PRONOUNS

By |2021-06-16T17:31:32-06:00June 16th, 2021|

Here is an idea that will work if your curriculum demands you explicitly teach direct object pronouns: tell an interesting story that requires DOP's. Here's the outline of one that will work: Somebody sees something that another person doesn’t and they both get frustrated. It would be even better [...]

MANIAC: A Useful Acronym to Remember Krashen’s Hypotheses

By |2021-06-11T17:39:13-06:00June 11th, 2021|

MANIAC: Krashen's 6 Hypotheses is a document that will help you to remember the core ideas of comprehension-based teaching. MANIAC is an acronym that will help you to remember six of Dr. Stephen Krashen's hypotheses about language acquisition, and how they can be applied in the classroom. I chose maniac [...]

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 [...]

Leading Sociologist: Public Shaming is the Best Way to Change Minds

By |2020-03-10T14:29:48-06:00March 10th, 2020|

March 10, 2019 SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA ─ An astounding 89.3% of professionals change their minds as the direct result of public shaming and derogatory remarks by colleagues, a report in Innovation Diffusion Quarterly confirmed Monday. “Our research supports what many have long suspected,” an innovator told reporters. “Accusing, blaming [...]

GETTING OBSERVED vs. OBSERVING

By |2020-01-23T14:23:04-07:00January 24th, 2020|

Tom Hanks doesn't watch his own movies. Hanks says watching his own films would be a "horrible mistake." He claims that he's never seen "Forrest Gump," "Philadelphia," or "Cast Away," each of which got him an Academy Award nomination. He says he doesn't watch them, "because you never learn [...]

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