Half and Half

Why not just teach half the class period traditional and half CI? The reason I say that is because the yapping is just too stupid in some buildings. Now, if the department/school wants CI, that’s great. They won’t hassle you. But it just seems to me so simple to split it evenly and be done with the hassle and the backbiting and all the just plain stupid stuff that happens when traditional colleagues who are clueless put on their ugly faces. It’s not as if anything is ever learned in the second half of a grammar class period anyway – the time is lost because by that time the kids are brain dead. I had suggested this idea to Mila who is our new group member and in her first week this week of doing CI – in order to keep them off her back as a new teacher in a traditional building – and she reported:
So, my classes are usually 47 min. and I do 23 min. book, 23 min. CI (the time really flies by like this!). Tomorrow classes are 1h20 min, that is 40 min. book, 40. min CI. I’ll do W & D about their cards tomorrow and a OWI if I have time. Thanks!



2 thoughts on “Half and Half”

  1. Mila, please keep us updated on how this works out. Information on how this works out can really help a lot of teachers.
    I think the textbook portion of the class could also have some CI slipped into it, no?
    For example, ordering activities, true false, maybe write sentences to practice verb conjugations but which have sentences about the OWI’s and Invisible characters?

  2. I agree that you can pop in some CI into a grammar class. However, it would be boring and make us work too hard. The beauty of teaching a grammar class for half the period is that you don’t have to put out any effort.
    The way I understand the research is that it is long and uninterrupted periods of CI that create what Krashen calls the “din” of language that leads to true acquisition. I don’t think it is really CI if it is constantly broken up with the L1.
    I don’t think that teachers respect that need for CI to be in bulk delivery packages of at least fifteen minutes at a time for it to really be what Krashen defines as CI. That’s just my opinion, though.

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