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?
My 26th year practicing the art of helping students acquire French débuted 2 weeks ago! Actually, that is not entirely accurate. The first 12 years I didn’t focus on language acquisition. Instead, I taught students ABOUT the French language. I instructed them: how to conjugate verbs how to spell words how to figure out adjectival… Read More A new year and a resolution
Our school year draws to a close. Lesson planning ceases. Time opens up for self-reflection. What have I learned this year about teaching L2 (second language)? Much! It’s been a painful year. But growth is like that when pruning takes place. Year 25 teaching French kicked off in August. A new season to teach the way I believe… Read More End of the year reflections + next year’s goals
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