Q. A teacher wanted to use the Invisibles Extend phase strategy of interviewing students and so she came up with some personal interview questions for her level 1 and 2 classes. From there, she wrote a list of grammar items that they would naturally need to use (possessive adjectives, etc.) to answer that list of questions. Your comment?
A. The research doesn’t support doing that. It is one thing to learn demonstrative adjectives and how they work on paper and actually being able to implement them in speech. The distance between mere mental command over grammar items and a student’s ability to speak them is immense. It is because (a) mental command and speech command happen in different parts of the brain and (b) the amount of time to turn listened-to context into spoken context is thousands of hours, not fifteen or twenty.