A re-post from 2010:
I’ve always been slightly puzzled about why people reject TPRS/CI without deeper investigation. It just seems so silly. Here we have a way of easily reaching kids by staying in target language that is interesting and fun for them, something we never had before, and people toss it off out of hand. Doesn’t that seem off base?
I think I have finally figured out why they do that, and it isn’t silly or weird at all, and I can’t blame them. It is because in TPRS there is so much of the affective element at work that it is really not an intellectual activity at all, which is a truly revolutionary fact in how we approach language learning. Not to mention that the process is unconscious. That’s the big one that the mental teachers miss.