Can Do Statements – 2

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  1. Angie. I have been out of the loop with a three year old for over a week, so I am easing back into adult conversation after a break. Whew! I teach in a private environment, so ACTFL is useful to me if it supports what I want to do – teach using CI. I totally get the feeling you have. I have often feared that using CI in the classroom, I would be outed as some kind of snake oil salesman. I would hate more than anything to be hamstrung by a list of can-do statements. With that said, if a can-do statement makes sense for a given situation – naturally occurring in a CI scenario – I think we need to be aware that we can check the box, but we can check the box (if we have to check the box) on our terms, not theirs. I do think the kids like to have a few things that they can say. For me it was the “I would like a crepe, please.” when we were traveling in France. If it makes them happy and motivates them to continue to engage in class, so much the better. In the beginning of my CI walk, I was guilty of not doing enough 1st person repetition. If you have ever seen Blaine demo asking his actor a question and having the actor output the answer in the first person, you could easily do something like “would you like a hot dog or a crepe?” Class, did she say I would like an escargot? And maybe a story could be developed. I just don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water. Michele and Mira are looking for a CI friendly way to avoid that – our way – the CI way.

    1. Exactly. We do it our way. We don’t answer to people, however much power they possess in the illusory world of school management and administration, who don’t understand how languages are acquired.

      You said it best here, chill:

      …we need to be aware that we can check the box, but we can check the box (if we have to check the box) on our terms, not theirs….

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