The Round World Group

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5 thoughts on “The Round World Group”

  1. Me gusta! I like this name. When I first learned about TPRS and went to a workshop by Blaine I was bursting with excitement as many of us are after our “first time.” One kind friend listened to me rave as I told him it was like going from the Stone Ages to the 21st century.

  2. Flat vs. Round. YESSS!

    I created my own analogy for this. Using Copernicus’s discovery (that the Sun, and not the Earth, is at the center of the universe), I say that comprehensible input is at the center of language acquisition, not grammar.

    Whatever analogy you use, it must stress that this is a monumental discovery! Apples vs. Oranges.

  3. When the world was flat, people could see everything. No surprises except the occasional sea monster. Now that it is round, we have to take on so much new information, and there are more surprises every day, and the deep is much deeper than we thought. And here we come along and advocate that language learners just dive into the deep and lose some control so that they can do more than learn about the language but actually acquire it for fluency if they but hear it enough. That’s a lot to ask of people who like to be in control. It’s about fear. Those who don’t want to let the unconscious mind rule the language acquisition process, which process Krashen has shown to be real (see category here on “Unconscious”), are afraid of something. They want control. Bless their hearts. They can’t have it. Why? Because the deeper mind has at least a million times more organizing capacity than the conscious mind.

  4. When Michelle Metcalfe tuned me in to TPRS it was like that Chapman’s Homer moment– “wild surmise, silent upon a peak in Darien.” No going back for me either.

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