Germany is pretty much leading the world in the green movement. The French certainly aren’t going to lead Europe into anything having to do with comprehensible input, not with their love of analysis and wine. But in a recent comment from Martin in which he invited Robert and others to visit him if they are in Germany, it occurred to me that some things might happen there. In that interest, as a follow up to Drew’s post, I repost Martin’s blog member bio here. Martin:
My name is Martin Anders. I teach at Kaltenkirchen Waldorf School, in Northern Germany, and use TPRS for the second year now trying to interest my colleagues and the parents of my classes who, luckily, are very open to CI based methods. Unfortunately, Waldorf teachers tend to be overworked all the time; so it is hard to get them to read something, to observe my classes and to try new stuff.
In 2009 I wrote to Ben: “After 20 years of Waldorf teaching which in our days in fact is a mixture of traditional and modern language learning approaches and the ideas Rudolf Steiner gave to the Waldorf school movement in 1919, I am absolutely convinced that TPRS will be able to improve our teaching methods, to add interest and fun to our lessons (which are not too bad because we try very much to nourish the souls of our students by reading good books, singing, reciting and teaching the culture of the target language), and to improve language acquisition which – up to now – is quite mediocre.”
I do want to learn more and try to implement TPRS in our pedagogy.
The Problem with CI
Jeffrey Sachs was asked what the difference between people in Norway and in the U.S. was. He responded that people in Norway are happy and