For the first 8 years of my foreign language teaching career, I used more L1 than L2. My classroom was entertaining, but students were not able to achieve long term retention of the language.
Things changed after I went to ACTFL’s national convention in 2012. My new supervisor, Dr. JoAnne Negrín (from Borderless Learning), encouraged her teachers to attend. It was a wonderful conference that inspired me to rethink my foreign language teaching strategies. I decided to try reaching for the 90%+ target language use goal. When I got home from the convention, I sat down to think how I could make this work in my classroom.
I made adjustments to…
- …my classroom management techniques.
- …my instructional materials.
- …and slight adjustments to my assessment methods.
I initially expected…
- …gradual success.
- …a long period of adjustment for students.
- …complaints from students.
The transition to 90+% target language use was a lot easier than I thought! I was surprised by the successful results!
Are you considering a transition to using more of the target language in your classroom? How do you imagine your students would respond? Leave comments below:
My ‘TL’ Story (Part 3): Inspiration To Start Teaching In The Target Language