I often felt, at the big summer workshops, that I couldn’t possibly remember all the stuff they were teaching me. It really was overwhelming. But now I realize it wasn’t me. They were giving me too many rules and things I had to follow, like circling and targeting. I’m glad it worked for them, but the message was that unless I learned how to do CI the way they said, I would fail at it. I even wrote books about it to try to understand. Anyway, that is all history now. I am glad for TPRS – it pointed out the way to me. But it was me who had to come up with something that worked for me, and that turned out to be non-targeted comprehensible input. We each must find our own ways in this work, because we are all different individuals with different teaching personalities. Diversity has been our strength as a nation and that is no less true when it comes to our work as language teachers.
Admins don’t actually read the research. They don’t have time. If or when they do read it, they do not really grasp it. How could