Like many of you, I teach a world language (in my case French) using the methodology called CI or comprehensible input. This is basically ‘mommy talk’ – speaking French, making each word/phrase comprehensible through translation on the board, facial expressions, gestures, and pictures. Brain research shows that we need to hear a chunk of language and… Read More Music to the ears of a CI teacher
Here’s a snapshot of a spontaneous moment well used. Picture that afternoon slump…..12-year-olds…..yet another class…..indoors. One boy puts his head down. I say in French, “Will, what’s wrong? Are you tired? Are you sick? He responds: ‘fatigué’. Head still down. I try again, ‘Will, you have to sit up and LOOK, so you won’t miss… Read More The freedom and ease of CI
Our school recently dedicated an afternoon of professional development TO teacher-led workshops. As soon as I read the call for volunteers, I knew I needed to offer a taste of second language acquisition through CI or comprehensible input to those colleagues who might want to know more. The other WL teachers are primarily grammar-focused, although… Read More Hearing, with understanding – the key!
A student’s explanation of how she knew what to say in French encouraged me and provided more tangible proof that Comprehensible Input (CI) works! The students had recorded orally 2 minutes of a story each had invented. They did this by dialing my Google voice phone number. When my message invited them to speak after the… Read More Evidence of comprehensible input working
Do you know how an artificial neural network (ANN) learns? The same way the brain does! My husband wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on one aspect of how ANNs ‘learn’. Mike has talked about these genius systems so many times that I understand the gist of them. In order to train the neural network to recognize… Read More How to correct errors we hear in the classroom
Today, I’m presenting to fellow teachers at North Carolina’s Association of Independent Schools. My session is about how to encourage fearless speaking in your L2 students through the methodology called Comprehensible Input or CI. Here are some sources for more information – both theory and nuts and bolts CI (Comprehensible Input) Theory: Role of speaking in… Read More Comprehensible Input Resources per my NCAIS Workshop 27 October 2017
This is year 26 teaching French for me and I continue to grow in my understanding of how we acquire language. At the start of this academic year, I changed how I plan, how I spend time with my students and how I assess. I’ve been pondering the assessment piece for several years now. My method in… Read More How do I assess?