Classroom Management

What’s Wrong with Communicative Activities?

I recently saw a comment on Twitter by someone who wanted to know why they had heard “communicative” used as a derogatory term by TPRS teachers. I remember when I first came across a book of communicative activities and I thought it was wonderful.

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Comprehensible Input

A Day in Grenoble

Today I’m in Grenoble, a lovely city in the valley of the Isère River overlooked by the majestic, snow-capped chaine de Belledonne. Teri Wiechart and I are the guests of Marie-Pierre Jouannaud, who teaches methods classes at the University of Grenoble.

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Classroom Management

When Excellent Is Not Good Enough…

Some of my students have reached excellence in their spoken English. They are basically autonomous, able to read novels in English, able to follow dialog in a movie, able to carry on a conversation and express their ideas coherently. Yet they feel frustrated about their ability and insist that they still make mistakes.

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Comprehensible Input

TESOL France’s 32nd Colloquium Stephen Krashen

TPRS grew out of Blaine Ray’s desire to make his teaching more effective by applying Stephen Krashen’s principles to his everyday class activities. A lot of lip service is given to Krashen’s hypotheses in the foreign language community, but how many of the new methods actually apply his principles?

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Classroom Strategies

Reading a Novel

Once students have acquired enough vocabulary that they can read short texts with ease and pleasure, it’s time to start thinking about reading a novel with them.

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Classroom Management

A Few Tips From an Old Timer

As we start in on the new school year, the moretprs forum and Ben Slavic’s blog are discussing the issue that never fails to come up at this time of the year (and in November when students and teachers start getting weary, and in March when it seems like spring will never come): the issue of classroom management.

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Conference

Ooops! The First Agen Workshop

The workshop was a big success! I had so much fun and met such wonderful people and was so busy keeping everything on track, that I never got around to writing up the adventure as it happened.

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Articles from the Net

A Teacher Bares Her Heart

Maria Cochrane published this moving declaration of love in the Foreign Language Association of Virginia’s journal. I was struck by how closely my own experience resembles hers.

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