To make the L2 input meaningful, I…:
- …wrote on the board to make cognates easier to identify.
- …limited the amount of words I used.
- …used humor to give students extra reasons to stay engaged. (Remember, for novice learners, your words are senseless/meaningless unless they are watching the ways you’re making input comprehensible.)
- …repeated the target vocabulary so students have multiple opportunities to discern L2 meaning.
What else do you do to make incomprehensible L2 input meaningful through PAIRING? What did you do in the target language on the first day of class? Leave comments below.
Staying in the target language is definitely do-able! It’s also fun! Click here to read the story of how I started staying in the target language.
P.S. Here’s a good blog post from a Latin teacher (@silvius_toda) who stays in the target language. (An approach to teaching Latin that I think is wonderful!) The blog shares detailed strategies for how to approach the first weeks of L2 teaching.