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  1. It is the blank and overwhelmed look on students’ faces that teachers trust. They know their students are not comprehending them and so they fall back on explaining in English what they are saying. The kids meanwhile used to adults talking over them since childhood move into either attracting attention or tuning out. Their fallback behavior. Hey, they didn’t really want to be there anymore than they sought to take public speaking. It is a requirement not a desire.

    So this is why while we are speaking nonsense in their mind’s, as teachers, it is imperative to speak slow, to walk and talk, and to leave silence in their ears while their brains catch up to what they have heard. We have to trust that process by executing it well.

    And we have to explain the process of what research has shown about how language is learned before we begin. IF WE TELL THEM HOW AND WHY before they start, most will be willing participants in the experiment of learning to communicate in a new language. And the ones who are struggling with willingness might join in if we relate it to their futures as adults teaching babies to speak.

    We have to be realistic about the learning process. They learned to read (most), and what was expected that first year? 100-200 sight words? I don’t know something along that line along with phonetic pronunciation. They had that stuff in front of them all day. Not so in your high school class. And they did not have a choice about what they learned. What kind of conversations would they like to have with someone in their language? Target those words as conversations,

    My adult students are motivated to learn. They want to talk about gardens. So that is where we are going. All those vocabulary words of colors, questions, locatives, numbers, time are in those conversations.

    When students have real and honest information I trust them to be helpful in the time they are in the classroom. Most are at any age because they know the research too. And if they are 4%ers they are jumping at the chance to go beyond.

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