90% Use Position Statement

skip sent this link and would like to discuss it with anyone interested:

http://www.actfl.org/publications/the-language-educator/sample-articles (the article “Going for 90%” is in the October issue…).

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6 thoughts on “90% Use Position Statement”

  1. Skip, I’d be happy to discuss this with you. What did you think of the article? It was a good reminder to me to get the non-essential English out of my class, and there is way too much of it. We had an aha! moment in Spanish 1 this week as students realized they really CAN circumlocute their way around a problem. As I told them, it’s lots more fun when we do that.

  2. I am also happy to discuss the article. One of the benefits of it is that it is from our national organization and reinforces the use of the target language. I sent a link to our district world language supervisors as well as other teachers here at my high school. It represents stepping away from the textbook, grammar-driven curriculum.

    Today at our department collaboration meeting, I mentioned again about building a curriculum that “backward plans” from a reader. One of the other teachers said, “Let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water.” I wanted to know what she considered the baby. The ensuing conversation showed that she is insecure in various areas and simply does not have confidence in herself to know that she is “covering” things that students will need. She is also thinking about output, even though she says she knows that input it most important, especially at the “lower levels”. The conversation gave me some insights into reasons for pushback on TPRS/CI. I know that paragraph wasn’t about the article, but it was on my mind.

  3. I’m planning to make this article available to parents at conferences next week. I’d like to give an outside perspective on why it’s critical for me to use Chinese as much as possible in the classroom, and how I aim to help every student comprehend – word walls, pause & point, and constant feedback from students.

  4. skip –
    when I click on this it brings me to the magazines that are for ACTFL members only. I’m not a member yet, so I can’t get the article. Any ideas?

    1. mb, I could send you a copy of it in PDF form. Maybe they only keep their articles available free for a short period of time? I downloaded it last fall and had it sitting on my table during conferences.

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