Archive for December, 2015

Paper or Digital for acquisition?

What’s the difference? Reading is reading, as long as the brain is making meaning from visual language. What is the line between a billboard and an enormous outdoor LCD screen? A book and an iPad? I think the level of comprehensibility and the transparency of the writing system are more important than the specific medium […]

TPRS: Review should be redundant

OK, this is intended to be very, very gentle, but after seeing a number of conventionally excellent — and yet very “not really highest possible quality input based” — review suggestions out there of late: The whole point behind TPRS is that review is redundant. We teach to mastery the first time around. I think this “old-time” tenet of […]

Review for TPRS Exam

On a teachers’ list, someone recently asked (paraphrased): How can I help students review vocabulary for our semester exam?  I create a story (this year I’m narrating a video), they will listen and answer multiple choice questions. They will read a novel chapter and answer questions in English and they will write an original story using […]

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