Your Language Budget

With tax time around the corner, it’s time to think about how you’re “spending” your “vocabulary budget” (or budgeting for your students.) A “keeper item” is something you are willing to spend $1 of your $100 language...

Crutches and calculators

On a noted foreign language teachers’ list, a recent discussion asked about the use of “crutches” by students. Interestingly, I think that CI teachers are much less opposed to crutches, simply because we do not have to fear that the use of a...

The CI teacher as basketball coach

Someone recently asked on another board why CI doesn’t use guessing. Most folks were brought up to understand that the ability to guess an unknown word is crucial for a foreign language learner. Isn’t CI shortchanging learners by always telling them what...