Here’s something I”m in the process of memorizing for the next time someone says to me that my class is not structured:
“My class is structured in the same way that what I am saying right now is structured. What I am saying now is structured but you are not aware of it. You are just focused on the message.
I will pause here and repeat that first sentence bc they are likely to not get it the first time. Then I will say:
“That’s what I want your son/daughter to do in my class – to understand what I am saying without focusing on the structure of it. This is their challenge in my class – to understand what I am saying in French. It’s not easy and a few kids don’t figure this out for months. It’s not easy because they have to use an entirely different part of their brain than the part they usually use in their other classes. It’s very challenging and rigorous.