Making Connections

I’ve been working on an ESL certification.  It’s really kind of nice, talking with people who know who Krashen is, who know that language is an oral/aural phenomenon, who understand that inaccurate speech and writing is a step towards proficiency.  I’m not busy defending what I do.  I’m sure the ESL people have known this forever, but my original teacher training, back in the disco years and before, taught me how to run various kinds of pattern drills and explain terminology, so it’s a true pleasure to have instructors who talk about lowering the affective filter and reading aloud.  I keep writing ‘duh’ on our handouts instead of being surprised and thinking, “That’s what Susan said.”  In the next few weeks, before school starts, I’m going to try to write some more posts about what connections I’ve been making.

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