If you are in one of those situations where your admin team is so ignorant about the Communication standard and the research (90% of school principals fit into this classification), then have hope. Why? Because if you get a bad
What must we do to retain more than the few fast processors in our four-year programs? Getting rid of the AP exam, which is all show and very little substance, is a start. (The College Board might more aptly be
There are no advanced levels in American secondary schools. Level 3 and Level 4 students are all Level 1 students.
This is because of the 10,000 hour thing, which I will assume readers know about from previous posts, videos, books,
If you are working in one of the Ultimate CI Books (the old Invisibles book), here are a few related videos:
Q. Without tools like Can Do statements, how are we supposed to evaluate what our students can do?
A. Why is it so important to evaluate what our kids can do with he language, esp. at such an early age? They
Danielle wrote this to me. My response is below.
Hi Ben,I hope it's ok to ask you for advice, you are Ben SOLVE IT. This quarter I have 6th grade Italian. Mark C. is the only other Italian teacher. I only
Q. If teaching kids how to meet important benchmarks like the Can Do Statements is not what we should be doing, then what do you think is the best use of time in a foreign language classroom?
A. The best use
For those working their way through the first Star book, here is an excellent video of Jesus Horacio Baez Avila, who is master certified in the Star, leading a group of Zoom teachers from Phase 1 to Phase 5. Of
Q. So what needs to happen now?
A. Teachers need to go back and read and re-read more carefully what Dr. Krashen has said and figure out ways to truly implement his ideas so that they work on behalf of kids
A repost from 2014:
What Angie wrote today about Can Do statements could apply to almost any aspect of traditional language education, I felt a deep connection to every word. If someone asked me why I am so opposed to the
Eugene was a champion athlete, but he was also a champion person. He lived in the aptly named Race Path Community of Myrtle Beach. He lived on Neighbor Lane. Neighbor Lane actually wasn’t very neighborly. When we dropped the athletes
This series of articles is about an old friend - Eugene Williams. Here he is:
Eugene was one of my assistant track coaches at Myrtle Beach (SC) High School. He mainly coached the sprinters, having run the 200 and 400 meters
About a week ago I posted an article about Danielle, a member of the current Zoom group studying the Ultimate CI Book 1. Danielle was facing a difficult middle-of-the-year observation process, made no less difficult by Covid as well as
I got this question:
So I was sharing your Zoom course (ed. note: The Ultimate CI Books/Star Sequence approach) with someone who works with the curriculum in our district. I mentioned that it is not planned, no prep, just using student
This article is about an old friend - Eugene Williams. He is pictured at the bottom of this article.
Eugene was one of my assistant track coaches at Myrtle Beach (SC) High School. He mainly coached the sprinters, having run the
A new Ultimate CI Book 1 class begins on March 20. There are currently 15 spots available in this class.
When you sign up, here's what you get:
Twelve hours of Ultimate CI training over six weekends. Free digital copy of
Some of us have been following the process of being observed that Danielle has been going through lately. Here's an update:
Last week, she had the pre-observation with her principal. It was probably not unlike many of us have experienced where
It is my opinion that the word "planning" is just embarrassingly overused in our profession. Why, if we all gained fluency in our first language without a shred of planning, have we bought into the Big Lie of our
Here's a possible start in finding some common turf between ELA and CI instruction. Way overdue:
There are many terms used to describe ESL/ELL and EFL instruction. For now let's just use the acronym ELA English Language Acquisition to make it
Q. When you write in the board do you do write the English first?
A. Yes and the Spanish below it. Then you draw a thick line under the Spanish to separate the new expressions from each other and then you use
This is a reminder for Group 4, Class 3.
Prepare this from the Book 1 Syllabus:
Class 3 – Saturday – 2.20.21 (12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time) – Demo and Coaching.
Review pp. 17-66Watch one of the videos from the "seven