Methods or Principles? by Eric Herman

[caption id="attachment_29325" align="alignright" width="300"] Eric Herman[/caption] The following post is reprinted with permission from Eric Herman. It is an abridged version of a supplement to Issue 4 of the weekly Acquisition Classroom Memo, a review of must-know second language acquisition research and the implications for classroom...

[vc_video link='https://vimeo.com/191106580']   If there is one thing we’ve learned over the past decade, it’s that there is more than one path to proficiency and promoting a single method–whether intentional or as a byproduct of one’s name– implies that the SLA (second language acquisition) process is so...

[caption id="attachment_953" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Kristy Placido's students take selfies for Snapchat while eating pizza the way Lady and the Tramp eat spaghetti[/caption] Personalization is an important part of a CI (comprehensible input) class. Students thrive on hearing about themselves, talking about themselves, and feeling like others care...

Recently, a teacher posted the Five Working Hypotheses by Alice Omaggio-Hadley on one of the ACTFL listservs. (Omaggio, 1986, pp. 44-53; and Omaggio-Hadley, 2001, pp. 89-105) The teacher posted: Alice Omaggio-Hadley familiarizes us with "five working hypotheses, which have been the building blocks of proficiency-oriented language curricula...

  Rebecca (Becky) Moulton attended the iFLT16 conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee in July 2016 and presented her first Ignite® Talk in which she shared valuable insights for both new and experienced CI teachers. CIPeek invited her to share that presentation with our readers. Becky has adjusted...

[gallery type="slideshow" size="large" ids="758,759,760,761,762,763,764,765"] Wow!  I am SO lucky that today was my designated blogger day for iFLT 16.  I didn’t have time to see nearly enough sessions but the two I was able to attend were wonderful. I’ve been stalking after teachers using BreakoutEDU for a...

[caption id="attachment_743" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Carrie Toth[/caption] Carrie Toth presented a fantastic workshop "Advancing Student Proficiency with Novel Studies." She began by discussing what proficiency is and what can be expected at various proficiency levels. She pointed out that only 3.7% of high school students can speak at...

[caption id="attachment_725" align="alignright" width="580"] Bratislava Bronze Paparazzo, photo by Benmil222 CC BY-SA 3.0[/caption] Are you attending iFLT 2016 next week? We are hoping you'll help share the iFLT love! Tweet your favorite photos from iFLT 2016 between July 19-21 and you’ll be automatically entered into the...

POSITION REQUIREMENTS B.A. or M.A. in Spanish Language State teaching license is required Good computer skills Excellent verbal and written communication skills Excellent organizational and time management skills Ability to work independently POSITION DETAILS Full-time; 10 month position; Monday – Friday; some evening and weekend work required Competitive salary and benefits based on experience Department:...

Barrie School, Silver Spring MD Questions? Contact current French Teacher and World Language department chair Anna Gilcher at agilcher@barrie.org or anna.gilcher@gmail.com TWO positions available French position: http://apply.intellihire.com/Job.aspx?ID=e0c77e10149e454f8ffd1c3eace17269 Spanish position: http://apply.intellihire.com/Job.aspx?ID=3b13196f55cd488db429e2c637ad3ca1 Responsibilities ·         Teach middle and upper school French or Spanish (levels 1-AP) ·         Depending on language teaching load, offer one Upper School elective (in English) per  trimester. (Usual load is...

[gallery ids="499,500,501,502,503" type="slideshow"] There are many different comprehensible input activities that can be done while reading a TPRS Publishing novel. My all-time favorite is Reader's Theater. Nothing gets my students more excited and more engaged than acting out a scene. I find Reader's Theater is also...

[caption id="attachment_579" align="aligncenter" width="580"] photo by Rostislav Kralik[/caption]   After many blog posts in the past couple of weeks regarding text or task, Can-Do Statements, this “camp”/ “that camp”/”your camp”/”my camp”, etc.  I went on a quest to explore and clarify my thinking and to find where the...

[caption id="attachment_409" align="alignright" width="299"] The Great Carnac?[/caption] I was fortunate enough to attend two exceptional conferences back-to-back and have unique perspectives on each. It’s amazing how perspectives of language instruction/acquisition vary from region to region. In Hawaii (SWCOLT), there seemed to be a large number of...

Word Clouds are everywhere. We see them in advertising, on merchandise, blog sidebar widgets, and—of course—instructional materials shared by teachers. Word clouds are a method of representing data in a visual way: specifically, the words contained within any given text and their frequency. The bigger...

We had so many awesome creative entries for the #flatbrandoncipeek contest! Our TPRS Publishing team of judges included: President Carol Gaab, Vice President Patrick "Pato" Gaab, Carrie Toth, Martina Bex, Teri Wiechart, and Kristy Placido. After much deliberation, we selected the following photo as our WINNER!   Congratulations to...

[gallery ids="241,242,243,244" type="rectangular"]   The International Forum on Language Teaching is a grassroots organization inspired by Dr. Stephen Krashen and dedicated to the study and development of best practices for effective language instruction. Conference Venue : Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences 865 East Third Street Chattanooga TN Call for proposals:...

[caption id="attachment_116" align="alignright" width="800"] photo: AntanO CC BY-SA 4.0[/caption] Last week I mentioned how much I love and recommend Dave Burgess' book Teach Like a Pirate. In his book, Dave recommends using "hooks" to engage students more deeply in the lessons you teach. I want to...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is...