Kids’ L2 speaking and how it emerges

Listening to Professor Bill Van Patten’s weekly podcast on L2 (2nd language acquisition) really helps me think correctly about how I plan and conduct my middle school French classes. Van Patten explains that through comprehensible input a mental representation of the target language begins to form in the mind. What qualifies as ‘comprehensible input’?  It is language (in my… Read More Kids’ L2 speaking and how it emerges

What IS the skill involved in 2nd language acquisition?

Pop psychologist Malcolm Gladwell popularized the ‘10,000 hour rule’ for building competency and skill in a chosen activity when he wrote his popular book, Outliers. Recently at the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL)‘s 2016 annual conference in Boston, I crystallized my sense of how second-language classes in schools should operate.  Often these foreign language classes are… Read More What IS the skill involved in 2nd language acquisition?