I used my iPhone’s voice memo app and taped class today, 18 April 2017. It’s a challenging class because the 10 students tend to want to chat off-topic ‘EN ANGLAIS’ all the time. What I have learned in the almost 3 years with them is to accept what I can’t change and simply to translate their… Read More Reflection having recorded French 8 class
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?
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
I’ve trained my students to answer this question correctly: Whose fault is it if you don’ t know a French word? The correct answer is ‘my fault’! – that is ‘me – the teacher’ Shocked at first because they anticipated that I would say it was THEIR fault as students, I quickly follow up with… Read More Interesting observation about rates of acquisition
TPRS or Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling is a simple method of teaching a foreign language. I often tell my students (and their parents) that there is nothing intellectual about acquiring a language. If a learner of any age receives sufficient input that is comprehensible, they WILL acquire language. The ‘magic’ behind TPRS centers… Read More TPRS in action – Part 2