You may have found a great video but when you put it on, your students complain that the speakers don’t articulate, they speak too fast and their accents are frightful! It’s gibberish to them.
An experienced teacher knows her students, their culture and their needs and her own personality and possibilities better than anyone else. No one can make her decisions for her. If what she is doing is working, if her students are acquiring language, no one can criticize it. If it’s not working, she knows it before anyone else.
He was using the passive voice spontaneously and correctly and appropriately. Something the excellent students from my “S” class had never quite managed, in spite of the tests on the passive voice that they had aced.
This year we are being honored by the presence of Blaine Ray, the man who invented TPRS, Diane Neubauer and Mike Coxon from the United States, Charlotte Dinscher from Germany, Kristin Plane and Iris Maas from the Netherlands, Sabrina Sebban-Janczak from France, Alina Filipescu from Roumania, Cathy Bu from Australia, Marguerita Perez-Garcia from Venezuela by way of New Zealand, Jayne Cooke from Great Britain and of course, the wonderful Beniko Mason Nanki from Japan. Agen is the truly international conference where people from around the world come together in harmony and share their ideas, talk over their difficulties and leave with renewed faith in human nature.
Teachers intent on counting reps forgot that input must always be compelling. If your students’ eyes have glazed over, you may as well stop circling.
I am grateful to Beniko Mason Nanki for presenting teachers around the world with an elegant and easy to use strategy that allows us to immerse our students in compelling comprehensible input.
He is passionate about his craft, passionate about wanting to help others find their way. He has the courage to go off the beaten path, the courage to try new methods and the courage to speak his mind.
We have a very high student success rate and a retention rate of 50-60%
over four years.
“We have built a reputation for working with all kinds of learners including
those with emotional and learning disabilities of which we are proud.”
The standard textbook approach has always reminded me of Johnny Cash’s song, One Piece at a Time, and gives similar results. The students, the few who persevere, have a lot of bits and pieces but they don’t necessarily fit together very well.
“She models what it means to care about students and the patience required to teach. “