Rigor – 3

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    1. Robert Harrell

      It looks really interesting, but I was unable to access the whole article because I don’t belong to any institution or association with Shibboleth or Muse. Is there any other way to access this?

        1. You can also download the “VanPatten 2015 Where are the Experts?” article directly through Google Scholar. It’s about the fifth entry down, and you have to click the pdf link on the right:


          Also, VanPatten’s articles are all listed on his personal Google Scholar page, though not all of them will have links for download:


          I made a video as well showing how I like to find research articles using Google Scholar, if anyone’s interested:


  1. I read it (VP on Where r the experts?) and nearly blushed at how obvious his point is. College students are taking WL communication courses, trying to learn to understand n speak Spanish from people who specialize in medieval Spanish lit, or post modern Latin American cinema (I made that one up!)
    I’d add that in university education departments, WL teachers-to-be are taught by experts in bilingualism, school reform, poverty, etc. but you’ll be hard pressed to find any pedagogy classes with more than mention of different pedagogical approaches/strategies. The stuff of what to do when in a room full of students is rarely discussed, and certainly not explicitly modeled, practiced, coached or debriefed.
    Great. Now we gotta take over colleges and universities, too! As if K-12 weren’t enough!

    1. These folks assume their approach is a good one. Why not? It works for them. It has lasted some of them a very long time. I do find it strange that they find it normal that so many of their students are not smart enough for their party. Instead, they bring Rick Steves to their own party in ACTFL San Diego and talk about traveling when the American middle class is doing a disappearing act. Apparently, the focus this year is going to be on travel and computers and textbooks. Maybe they could make it for travel agents and people who work for Best Buy, too.

      1. You make a good point, Ben, about Rick Steves, if that’s the point you were trying to make. Talk about exclusion and discrimination based on socio-economic class. Linking foreign language with tourism in order to demonstrate “relevance” only further widens the gulf between haves and have-nots in our classrooms.

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