This post originally appeared here five years ago:
How could I have believed that Dr. Krashen’s work is anything but the best way on which to base my teaching of language? I spent 24 years teaching AP French Language and Literature using the old way and it totally sucked, but in my defense I had never heard of Krashen’s work before I met Susan Gross in 2001.
Prior to that year, my kids never made any real gains towards actual fluency (that is the keyword in the discussion about methods) because I wasn’t using the language in the classroom. I was merely talking about the language during those long and completely frustrating years. Horrible years.