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¡Excellent argument, Alysa! You bring up a lot of good points. While I teach at the college level, we experience many of the same frustrations although perhaps we have more freedom in terms of designing a curriculum (albeit fewer contact hours with...
I am 100% behind your comment Luann. We FL teachers are unique individuals and teach in diverse teaching situations. What works for me may not work for someone else with a different personality and teaching situation. Respecting everyone's uniqueness...
While I am also anxious to see research supporting thematic units in the WL classroom, to my mind they are not the issue. The problem is not with the way content is organized. The issue here is what teachers, their districts and curriculum departments...
Here's what Paul Nation wrote me in an email and said I could share with you all:
Authentic materials are fine if the vocabulary load is not too heavy. However, for learners with a relatively small vocabulary size (less than 3300 word families...
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