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ACTFL invites educators to air their views on topics we will cover in our So You Say feature in each issue of The Language Educator.

Each issue of The Language Educator will include a So You Say feature, an area where our readers offer their opinions on topics relevant to language education. The Editor will select representative statements and they will be published in the magazine. Submit today!

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    Why Thematic Units

    Posted in: Language Educator...

    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...

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    RE: Why thematic units? Why authentic resources?...

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    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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    RE: Why thematic units? Why authentic resources?...

    Posted in: Language Educator...

    Ms. Smith said: ...there are myriads of methodologies for each person's perusal and as the educated professional, we must research and choose that which works for us.... The key words in the above sentence, in my view, are "educated" and "us". Are...

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    RE: Why thematic units? Why authentic resources?...

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    Ms. Smith said: ...there are proficient teachers and there are "not so" proficient teachers.... By this reasoning, if we were doctors, it wouldn't matter if doctors were proficient or not. The latter would not communicate with each other...

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    RE: Why thematic units? Why authentic resources?...

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    To the unknown user et al, Thank you for your generous and thorough input. I particularly agree with the statement "When meaningful passages are used rather than lists of words or nonsense syllables, no interference effects are found (Haberlandt,...

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