So today, we were talking about comprehensible input. I know that I will get a chance to hit on this topic again later, but it is so important dealing with pre-service teachers.
I think back to when I was learning languages. I remember that when I was learning French, I had an American teacher the first two semesters, then in semester 3, I had a man from Algeria. Nice enough guy, but for our last day, he wanted us to talk politics with our three semesters of language behind us. We had no word bank to draw from. Just our faulty memories and a man who looked at us expectantly, hoping we’d be able to put together some sort of insightful conversations.
It didn’t happen.
So, my friends, in the next couple of lessons, I want to make sure that I touch on how to make READING comprehensible, by making sure you are writing to your students’ levels, using such programs as Word Counter, an application by a company called Supermagnus that I learned about from a blog called Make Use Of. Another good one is Okapi!, which will give you forms for running records to determine reading levels. Here are even more resources from Kathy Schrock. Don’t know about reading levels? Here’s an article you can read from Suite 101, a blog where people submit expert advice.
I also want to make sure I talk about making LISTENING tasks… but now it’s time to watch Dr. Who…