A blog sharing effective and practical strategies for staying in the target language during foreign language instruction. ACTFL recommends that foreign language teachers should use the target language at least 90% of the time. (see ACTFL Position Statement)
But it’s not easy to stay in the target language.
- How do you redirect off-task behavior when students don’t understand what you’re saying?
- How do give directions effectively?
- What do you do to keep students engaged during instructional time?
- Isn’t it faster to just teach them what the words mean in English?
- Why spend 15 minutes struggling through a charades-type-instruction when the students can understand the meaning of the same 5 words in 15 seconds of English instruction?
What else makes it difficult to stay in the target language? Leave comments an questions below.
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