I have been reflectingonmy teaching and I thought I would share my many screw-ups, and offer some better alternatives (which might be useful for teachers who use textbook programs). So here we go– today’s question–
Q: How– and how badly– did I screw up teaching languages?
A: Pretty badly– and here is how
First, I used grammar worksheetsto teach grammar.The programs I used– first¡Díme! and thenJuntos— had a lot of these. Fill in the blanks with the correct verbform, pronoun, or word, etc. The research about this is clear: a grammar itemis acquired when the learner has heard loads of comprehensible input containing the item/rule in question, AND when their brain is “ready” to pick it up. If a learner hasn’t acquired it, they aren’t ready for it. If they have, there’s little point in practicing. Truscott writes that“no meaningful support has been…
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