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April 2017

We are nervous because, though we hope for the best, though we know that at times our skills and training allow us to hit the stories out of the park, we are always fearing the worst -- stories that fall flat,

In non-targeted work, we are freer to think in terms of activities and topics, and not worry so much about finding that Perfect Activity to Teach Colors.  We thus can give up the pressure to tightly control the flow of

Just as every student can acquire a language by hearing and understanding messages, every teacher can learn to speak slowly and understandably to convey compelling messages.  But expecting students to gain control of targeted structures on our imposed timeline does

To my understand as well as Tina's, delivering compelling messages in a relaxed community is all Dr. Krashen is recommending. The two of us have talked about this topic non-stop for over a year now.  Krashen says nothing about repetitions, targets,

Natural speech using language that emerges from the need for communication allows us to focus more completely on students’ ideas. This has built incredible community and student engagement in our classrooms. When getting repetitions of targeted language is the focus in

Just focusing on delivering comprehensible messages to our students helps us ease into a state of flow in our classes.  Dr. Stephen Krashen suggests in his Forgetting Hypothesis that students should forget that they are listening to messages in another

Just focusing on delivering comprehensible messages to our students helps us ease into a state of flow in our classes.  Dr. Stephen Krashen suggests in his Forgetting Hypothesis that students should forget that they are listening to messages in another

We become adept at becoming aware of what we are feeling intuitively as teachers. We learn to feel our way creatively and expansively through a class without a lesson plan. We learn that good language teaching is not all about teaching