Smiles today from a normally blasé group of 8th graders. Thank you Dr. Bill VanPatten! Recently at the ACTFL 2016 conference in Boston, I made a beeline for all the sessions focused on proficiency via comprehensible input. Many peer-reviewed studies in SLA (second language acquisition) over the past 30 years have shown that explicit language (grammar)… Read More Putting 2016 ACTFL sessions to good use
I HATE bombing a class. The cognitive dissonance between reality and how I like to think of myself as a teacher hurts. But once my bruised ego has recovered, a pearl usually emerges. Either a lesson or a new idea. On Fridays I like to plan something a bit lighter for my classes. It’s a pleasant… Read More Best lessons from failures
One of the emphases of my school over the past couple of years has been to foster a ‘growth mindset’ in all school constituents, from students to teachers and staff. Now at the end of the school year, my 3rd one here and 24th year teaching French consecutively, I can see how this new way of… Read More Old dogs CAN learn new tricks!
My last post described how I don’t push or spend time emphasizing correct French pronunciation in my classes. The evidence behind this practice shows that given enough comprehensible repetition, students eventually self-correct once they HEAR the sounds. I shared the example of my student eventually vocalizing ‘beaucoup’ correctly. The very next week, I was humbled. I was… Read More Pride goes before a fall – as a teacher