A repost from 2011:
We want to be like pitching machines, which, being robotic, do not overly concern themselves with the ideas part/where the story goes. It’s like a director deciding to develop the dialogue for a film around the personality of an actor (the class) and not on a script connected to targets (the “curriculum”). There is no curriculum. Or, the curriculum is the language. Pick one.
Developing a story line should therefore be in part in the domain of the kids. We need only deliver the ball in the form of slow pitches that they can hit, and asking questions that reflect what they want to talk about (what I have called emergent language and what Tina and I call non-targeted language) and not on what we want them to learn (target structures), because the latter bores them and inhibits the great potential of comprehensible input.