Readers – OMG

About five years ago, in order to make those little Pobre Ana types of readers more “interesting” I suppose, or “useful”, people started to add pre-formed questions at the end of each chapter, to make it easier on the teacher.

I think this happened first around 2015 when Teacher’s Discovery first published Anne Matava’s script books. So it’s their fault. Why do I suggest that adding in those questions was bad?

I say that because that is what readers used to look like 50 years ago. Earlier versions of what have since become textbook Goliaths would publish a collection of readers and then have about ten questions at the end of each chapter.

50 years ago. The TPRS/CI movement is going backwards!* I could elaborate in great detail on exactly how why this is happening, but I don’t want to. I’ll give you a hint. It’s about fear and also about control by the few. What else is new chez USA Land?

*Why do I say it is going backwards? Because asking such questions calls into action the conscious mind, which has little to nothing to do with actual comprehensible input. I would go so far as to say that the entire comprehensible input movement, in its current state, with each new teachers-pay-teachers “activity pack”, is moving further and further away from how people learn languages.



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