Tina’s Three Proposals – 1

This weekend Tina wrote three “proposals” about our work. Here is the first one. It’s about the NT/T1/T2 controversy, which Dr. Krashen is looking at with a microscope this week. So is Dr. Mason looking at it. Both are very supportive of the points Tina is making in this and the next two posts on this subject:

I propose that in the classroom there is no pure NT, it is NT plus T2 (light targeting).  T2 is used to make the NT input comprehensible.  Pure NT may not even exist in real life.  We clarify meaning all the time.  Even in simple conversation with a native speaker child we use light targeting.

In an effort to control the dialogue, Terry has come up with terms that make T1 sound optimal.  She calls T1 “optimized” input.  Conveniently, that is also the name of her website/company.  She calls NT + T2 “naturalistic” input.  The terms need to be clarified.

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  1. The terms absolutely need to be clarified. How is NT different than immersion? Can T2 include strategies other than circling? Does T2 include other ways to be comprehensible. Say for example using props, actors and artist pictures? During my 1 on 1 interviews, I used my hands to create new gestures on the spot, I also used a legal pad to draw up diagrams to find out more about my students such as who is in the family, pets, favorite foods, what they watch on Netflix etc… I don’t think I ever used circling, even lightly. If they didn’t get it then how is circling going to help? I established meaning then moved on because I feel that they can get better “lost” in the conversation. We need to trust that SLA is subconscious. My two cents/rant.

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