So many thoughts rush into my mind when it tries to figure out what languages are, and why on earth you ever made them. But one thing is certain. One thing I know for certain. Languages are beautiful, just as you are beautiful beyond beauty itself, and that is why we must learn to teach them as beautifully (i.e. with as much artfulness and love and respect for our students) as we can.
But, back to the point of this conversation with you, teaching some of those kids of today is not always beautiful. And now this new COVID thing is hard and confusing and kind of scary, to tell you the truth, ye who are the Truth and who already knows all this.
Comprehensible input has been a pain, I gotta say. Ain’t gonna lie. What even is it? Can it even work in an online setting? That is what I want to know. Can it work in the age of COVID? What are we supposed to do?
Even in our classrooms, it’s been a kind of gnarly game of tug-of-war between us and our kids and our colleagues and the kids’ parents and a whole bunch of people who, very frustratingly to us, don’t know what we know about those beads around your neck.
And now, we are supposed to try to reflect the brightness and beauty of those beads through a computer? That’s like asking a robot to dance and sing Begin the Beguine! Hmmm….