Reflections from My Students on Story Listening, Whole-Class Novel Reading, and FVR

At one of the two programs where I teach, we just finished a term, and I gave my students a survey to help me know what kind of class activities they liked the most and found the most helpful. I think it’s really important to do these kinds of surveys because it’s a way of…… Continue reading Reflections from My Students on Story Listening, Whole-Class Novel Reading, and FVR

Helping Students Understand Second Language Acquisition

As a teacher, I’m committed to teaching language in the way that I think is the most effective. Based on my teaching experience and the research I’ve read on second language acquisition, I would say that focusing on providing students with comprehensible input is the best way that I can help my students. The problem,…… Continue reading Helping Students Understand Second Language Acquisition

On Comprehension Checks and “Holding Students Accountable”

A few years ago, I read a book about designing listening activities for ESL students, and the author said that you should never have students “just listen”; they should always “do” something, like answer comprehension questions or complete some sort of activity after they listen. I think the reasoning was that if students don’t have…… Continue reading On Comprehension Checks and “Holding Students Accountable”