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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...
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".
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...
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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