This is from Mary Beth. I found the first eight minutes not very useful to his argument but if you start around the 8′ point you can get his point that he is for comprehensible input:
Hey Ben –
I can’t remember, but I think you posted this TEDx video a year or two ago about Chris Lonsdale talking about how to be fluent in L2 in 6 months.
The background is that I have a colleague who has always questioned why I do things the way I do, constantly informing me that my methodology is not “quite right”, i.e. the kids need to be forced to speak, we need to use immersion, they need to memorize lists of vocab, etc.
With this colleague I have not been able to articulate my research and learning over the past few years. With her I have felt insecure, that my students would not be able to regurgitate a list of words back on a vocab test at a pre-determined time, etc.
But now, by her sharing the above video link with me, I am glad that now she sees that I am not making this stuff up.
However, while looking up the Lonsdale video, I came across another guy’s website, a blog I guess, wherein he seems to be dismissing everything that Lonsdale says:
So, here we have a TEDx by a psychologist that supports TCI, and a who-knows-what dismissing us.
I thought I would share!