Tasks in the Language Classroom By Eric Herman Many thanks to Eric Herman for sharing this informative post on task-based language teaching. If you are serious about understanding tasks, both from BVP's perspective and from the perspective of facilitating acquisition  you'll need to settle in for a cup a...

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...

[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_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...