This is about what teachers everywhere will be doing this summer. I was interested, so I asked.
Of the four hypotheses for which Krashen is best known, probably the most important for the language teacher is the Acquisition Hypothesis.
It wasn’t until I found myself in a small city in the south of France that I truly realized there was a whole other world outside of the small, safe, comfortable city where I grew up. I was learning first hand that while we had a lot in common, there were differences too.
As I read about the explorers in one of my books, I remembered thinking to myself, “Who was the greatest explorer?” The thought then came into my head to actually debate this in class.
The best way to get that authentic experience is through the use of authentic resources. Authentic resources are resources that haven’t been created for teaching, but are for use in daily life in the target culture.
To create a mini-book, you need a sheet of 8.5 x 11-inch paper and a pair of scissors. When I make the mini-book with classes, I create a template for my students to follow.
Before Camp David, there was Rapidan Camp. It doesn’t look like much, but Rapidan Camp is one of the best presidential sites we had yet to visit. When we visited the site, we really got a sense of what made Herbert Hoover tick.
I always start and end the year with narrative writing in some form. While I often focus on things like voice and ideas with this genre of writing, it really is all in the details when it comes to helping the reader see what you are talking about on the page.