Foreign Language Education: The Easy Way

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  1. I would love to read this Krashen book. Any idea when you’ll have it attached?

    Re-education (in many cases, there is no “re”) is key to spreading CI-based instruction. Too bad people won’t critically read the research, since that could be the meteor that wipes out all the grammar-dinosaurs (to extend that analogy a step further). I recently mentioned to certain dinosaurs that we need a campaign to educate the community about the time and process required for language acquisition and I got nods of agreement from the dinosaurs. Funny thing is, I was including them in the said “community.” 🙂

    To add to your skepticism of research, read this article: touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-77934247/
    That you can’t trust science is scary!!! Scientists are driven to make the “sexy claims” in order to get published in major journals, peer review can be weak, there is little incentive to replicate a study, and many leading journals charge a lot of money for what was often publicly-funded research! Disgusting.

    Joannie is good support for what I’ve read is called the “character hypothesis,” that there are psychological attributes, like self-confidence, grit, and self-control that are better predictors than cognitive skills of future success.

    Our society is obsessed with stats, even though the majority of us don’t understand them beyond basic measures of central tendency (averages, etc.). Just attend your school’s next “data meeting” to see the danger of that. In the country’s pursuit of higher test scores, we are leaving out of the equation what is the most important, a student’s psychological well-being. It is not asked enough: what is best for a student’s self-esteem? But maybe it’s not asked, because people don’t actually agree that it is most important. Rather, educators prefer to cram heads with knowledge, much of which will be short-term, and thus worthless, except for labeling purposes.

    I need to say that this blog does wonders for my motivation! I log in multiple times a day and look forward to reading new posts and comments.

  2. I agree with you that this blog does wonders for CI teachers. Without the community of TPRSers I don’t know that I would have had the ability to stay strong. I have been part of this group for less than a month and have spent hours reading, learning and filling up my tank to take on the next day. I find that with CI teachers it isn’t about competition but true collaboration. This community is powerful.

  3. I think I would have quit teaching a while ago if it wasn’t for this community!!! (Thank you for having it available to us, Ben!!!) I have learned SO much!!!
    I have found in this past year that I do not learn too much “new” at prof. dev. conferences anymore — in fact, I feel like I know more than the presenters who have been teaching for YEARS more than I, because of everything that I have learned on this blog thanks to the many GREAT professionals here!!! thank you ALL!

    1. It’s funny, I was just thinking… This blog/community and Ben have saved me. Saved my career, saved me. And now this is the only meaningful PD I get (but that’s okay, because it IS so meaningful). Thank you, Ben, with all my heart. Thank you all.

  4. This is one of the reasons why I tell ALL the CI/TPRS people I meet to KEEP SAMPLES OF STUDENT WORK.

    My beginners– as of Fri– are now writing 200-250 word stories in 3 tenses with minimal, non-meaning-affecting errors. This after about 70 hours of CI. Adriana R.’s can do about 400 (she’s a native speaker, a better teacher than me, and more experienced than me with TPRS). Leanda’s level 3 French can do 500-600 words in 30 min, with only minor verb tense errors among the weakest. My beginners can also discuss what they eat/do/study/play/want…in present and past. (Not that I test them or even force them to speak…they can just do it, a little more every day). Who could possibly argue with results like this?

    Who cares if our kids can’t fill in worksheets, explain grammar rules, or do a memorised pseudo-dialogue pretending to be a ____ in a ____ getting some ___? When we show people what our kids can do, nobody can complain.

    Losing faith? Check this:

    Blaine told me this story about going to Mexico with some of his kids. The group had rented 3 vans and 1 got lost in Merida, Mexico. Blaine was worried that the lost van– which had his 3 weakest students (boys who didn’t talk in class) plus some parents in it– wouldn’t find the hotel. When it showed up, a few hours later, the parent who was driving said “thanks for putting these guys in this van. When we got lost they asked for directions, and then we saw a restaurant, and we ate, and these guys had no problems ordering and talking to the server.”

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