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
A more amplified and significant question is this: Why include output if research shows it doesn’t aid much in acquisition? What? Aren’t students supposed to produce the language? Isn’t that why they are in our classes, to learn to speak and write French, Spanish, German or Chinese? Yes and no. There is a place and… Read More Does output lead to acquisition?
Since the methodology I employ is about creating stories with student input, each story is completely personal to the class. As a result, interest remains high because of their ownership. I’m in a project-based school, so anytime I can add a hands-on, crafty classroom activity to the story mix, the students like it. Last week I… Read More Projects combine well with language use