This post contains video clips of Señor Howard teaching in the target language.
Teaching a foreign language, by staying in the target language at least 90% of the time, can make students feel uncomfortable (especially at first). Your words can sound completely unfamiliar, especially to a novice speaker.
One of the easiest ways to make students feel more comfortable in an immersion setting is by creating meaningful routines.
- …allow students to anticipate what will happen next. (When students know what to expect, they will be less confused by the unfamiliar sounds of the target language.)
- …help create a structure that enhances comprehension. (The target language without context and repetition is almost meaningless.)
- …allow for target vocabulary repetition.
Check out these video clips. The three clips show Señor Howard using routines as an effective instruction strategy for the 90+% target language classroom. In the next blog I’ll discuss how these routines, and others can help enhance comprehension in the immersion setting.