Books are in!

I just received a large, lovely box full of “Anna Mei Banfa!”, two weeks ahead of the estimate the company had given me for delivery — nice surprise. Just in time to start the second semester of school on Tuesday, we’ll start in with extensive...

What if…

teachers who taught communicative methods had to prepare their kids for input-method classrooms at the upper levels? Would they be concerned with cramming fluency into their kids the last month of the school year because they anticipated the input-method teachers...

Squirrelly Classes

I’ve got a Squirrelly Class this year. Actually, I usually have one most years, I think. There’s always one class full of the ADHD kids, the ones that are (or should be) on the autism spectrum, that can’t sit still, that can’t be trusted to...

Backtracking

What do you do when you “failed” one day, not going slow enough, not getting in enough reps, or the kids were just too squirrelly (in the real world that happens, unlike in the seminars!), or there were several days of testing or some other weird...

How easy is easy?

When kids are reading in the L2, how easy is easy? I think it depends. It’s easy to quote the numbers, and just say no more than 10% unknowns or whatever. But that’s one unknown word in every 10, which sounds like it would lead to a lot of frustration...