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
It was the last day of this current school year with students. Mid-morning, I scanned final grades to insure that there would be no surprises for parents or students. One of my sweet 6th-grade boys’ over all semester percentage showed him to be one point under a B. Completing our last marking period with a… Read More Last Day Reflections – what I learned
Before our December holiday break, I created my first student task based on Comprehensible Input (a method of second language acquisition). Tasks, a new (to me!) vehicle for language acquisition came out of the workshops I attended at ACTFL in Boston last November. (See previous post about putting 2016 ACTFL resolutions to good use). The… Read More Who knew that 4 of their teachers spoke French!
Having attended the recent annual conference of foreign language practitioners and researchers, And having been rejuvenated through workshops and conversations with colleagues and presenters, And having been given a charter to work with middle school students this current year I pledge the following: To honor my students by maximizing our time together with the goal… Read More ACTFL 2016-inspired resolutions
Pronunciation corrections take care of themselves in a ‘TPRS’ classroom. Creating a curriculum based on the pedagogy called Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling takes as its premise the following: given enough comprehensible repetitive input that students find compelling, students will become proficient in speaking French and doing so with ‘adequate’ pronunciation I welcomed… Read More The power of repetition
I love to send ‘atta-boy/girl’ postcards to my students when they do something well or are making progress. I have a stash of cards with French sayings, art or pictures on the front. I use their French class name** they’ve picked and write a bit of the card’s message in French according to their ability.… Read More Heartened by student’s growing confidence