What are we really counting?

A poster on a prominent foreign language teachers’ list recently commented, in the context of a second poster’s question about research comparing methodologies: …while it is difficult to do true scientific research where we isolate one variable, we...

Why isn’t pairwork Comprehensible Input?

On a prominent foreign language teachers’ List, the question was raised: Why are conversations with partners not CI? If one student asks “What is your favorite class and why?” and the other student answers intelligibly, then why is this less optimal...

The dreaded “family unit”

A prominent List has recently featured a discussion on the pitfalls of navigating the morass of family relationships in the Family Unit, given students who come from all sorts of broken or dysfunctional homes. With the Cleavers and the Bradys no longer sending their...