Trauma

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  1. Jennifer in NJ

    I think about the kids that I have to teach next year who are in Level 2 and above. Your book makes it very clear that you are suggesting its use with beginners, level one-ers. Should I try it with my level 2s and above in the teaching environment I am in?

  2. My position is clear on that point Jennifer. If they have already been taught w traditional methods, they will not react well to this work. Their minds are too closed to actually working with you in a new way. The only hope is to introduce ten minutes or so of something like a OWI at the end of each class and wait until they ask for more, then say no, and gradually over time you accede to their requests for more CI. But that is rare. Usually once a class sees that they can get an A by memorizing and doing worksheets, they are lost to CI.

    1. Jennifer in NJ

      Well then that is definitely going to be a big issue for me to start the year like this because our Level 1 students have already been exposed to basically Level 1 middle school version. Many of our students who sit in my class on day 1 of Level 1, have been indoctrinated into the worksheet and text book world by grammar teachers who kill and drill in middle school. Ughhhh

  3. It’s not so bad when they come from worksheets in middle school. You can hit them in the first few days w how high school is different, how you actually have to interact w the teacher in high school, and then go through the research with them about how languages are acquired. Lots of resources here for that, in the Primers section above, in various categories, etc. But you still have to stick by your assessment guns in the first nine weeks, which sends the message that you ain’t playing. Because they will test you.

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