Video Recording: 1st Graders Learning Days Of The Week and Colors In The Target Language

This post contains a video recording of Sr. Howard teaching 1st graders in the target language.

days of week

Click here to watch Sr. Howard teach 1st graders (in the target language) about days of the week and colors.

Click here to watch more video recordings of Sr. Howard teaching in the target language.

Pay particular attention to how Sr. Howard…:

Stay tuned, next week, for more posts from the current blog series on comprehensible input and input theory.

Over the next several weeks, the posts on Tuesday’s Tips For Staying In The Target Language will delineate the massive implications that simple sketches (like the ones found in Part 1) have on foreign language teaching and foreign language acquisition.

Todd (the stick figure) will help me discuss and/or continue to discuss…:

  • …the nature of input and comprehensible input.
  • …different forms of input and comprehensible input.
  • …a qualitative analysis of the various forms of comprehensible input and their usefulness in facilitating foreign language acquisition.
  • …making input comprehensible.
  • …how making input comprehensible and meaningful (to foreign language students) can cause language acquisition “magic” to occur.
  • …obstacles to making input comprehensible in a classroom full of students.
  • …strategies for overcoming the making-input-comprehensible-obstacles that exist in a foreign language classroom.
  • …a comprehensive rubric for assessing the effectiveness of a foreign language teacher.

STAY TUNED!

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Señor Howard

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Video Recording – Comprehensible L2 Immersion Environment

This post contains a video recording of Sr. Howard creating a comprehensible L2 immersion environment.

I was wearing blue hair.

Señor Howard

I had just finished running through a crowd of 600 students spraying them with “silly string.”

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I’m “Thing 5” (in this picture I’m chasing Thing 2 and I’m wearing the blue long-sleeve shirt underneath my costume).

It was Read Across America Day.  We had reached the end of a day FULL of Dr. Seuss activities.  100 first graders were sitting in the library watching a Cat In The Hat video; waiting for their classroom teachers to come and get them packed up to go home.

The teacher sitting next to me (who was also in costume) said, “Sr. Howard, the cartoon is almost done and we still have 10 minutes before their teachers come!”  So I got a box of Guatemalan kickballs and got in front of the students to occupy them until it was time for dismissal.

Watch the video of an L2 immersion environment (that’s RICH with instances of PAIRING) by clicking here.

This video is/was…:

  • …NOT planned.
  • …NOT meant to be a model lesson for how to teach in the target language.
  • …NOT a recording of an activity that the students had ever seen before in class.
  • …NOT suggesting that a teacher needs to wear blue hair in order to secure the attention of students.

The reason I’m posting this video

…is to help foreign language teachers make a philosophical distinction between an L2 immersion environment and an L2 immersion environment that’s RICH with instances of PAIRING.

It’s one thing to teach in the target language.  It’s another thing to teach in the target language in such a way that almost every student understands pretty much everything you’re saying.

If you want to teach effectively in the target language, you must make sure that your students understand pretty much everything you’re saying even though you are using a language with which they are unfamiliar.

In this video foreign language teachers will see that, even though the students (generally) don’t understand my language,:

  • students do understand what I’m saying and what I want them to do.
  • students are being exposed to the target language in meaningful ways.
  • students have repeated opportunities to use meaningful bits of the target language.  (Notice students are being exposed to subject pronouns, subjunctive conjugations, numbers, commands…etc.)
  • nearly all of the 100 1st graders are on-task and engaged.  (Side note: not bad, huh!? …especially considering that it was the end of the school day on Friday after a day FULL of Dr. Seuss activities on Read Across America day.)

Click here to watch the video.

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Señor Howard

Señor Howard – www.SenorHoward.com/blog – @HolaSrHoward

Caleb Howard – www.SoMuchHope.com – @calhwrd

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