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The Mighty – Part Three

“Then the boys meet the gang again and there’s an exciting chase scene during which Kevin becomes Max’s brain and Max becomes Kevin’s legs. It’s one of the best scenes in the film.”

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The Mighty – Part One

There are scenes that could have been left out, the knights on horseback fail to capture the wonder of a boy’s imagination. They are just a bunch of men dressed up as knights. But the story comes across, we know that Max and Kevin are seeing real knights, and the magic works every time. It has become an indispensable tool in my teacher’s kit.

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From Gibberish to … Wow!

You may have found a great video but when you put it on, your students complain that the speakers don’t articulate, they speak too fast and their accents are frightful! It’s gibberish to them.

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How to Get More Grammar with Less

So, my advice to colleagues who feel torn between teaching with Comprehensible Input and teaching grammar is to trust their wings, the wings of Acquisition, and jump off the roof.

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To Circle or not to Circle

Teachers intent on counting reps forgot that input must always be compelling. If your students’ eyes have glazed over, you may as well stop circling.

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Classroom Strategies

Story Listening: What is it?

I am grateful to Beniko Mason Nanki for presenting teachers around the world with an elegant and easy to use a strategy that allows us to immerse our students in compelling comprehensible input.

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Classroom Strategies

Very Narrow Listening

I often feel that we do not devote enough attention to listening, whereas it is obviously an important skill if we are expecting our students to acquire a language through comprehensible input. Perhaps the most important skill of all.

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