Sarah Rasay and I presented at CCFLT on how to get yourself and your students to 90% TL.
If you are struggling to stay in the target language, of if even one of your classes are struggling, here are our recommendations:
- Teach pop-up theory in student-friendly language. Teach it OVER and OVER, as if it were content. Get students to start voicing the WHY behind each activity.
- TEACH interpersonal skills and back it up with a grade. Do NOT just use the grade to extrinsically motivate them. Teach them HOW and WHY the interpersonal rubric will help them be successful.
- Have Target-Language call-backs and resets.
- Use TPR actions to anchor the class. Every student can be successful with this. And it requires NO student speaking.
- Start mini-personalization lessons with INPUT- not output.
More information and examples of these five topics are available in our presentation at: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/123W9LoTJnbYacZPGpyCnsYRfctfHi3KtLzOTigjo2-E/edit?usp=sharing
BONUS: I highly recommend visiting Mary Overton’s blog at maryovertonblog.wordpress.com
Last semester, I used Mary’s Reading Rubric to reset my chaotic classes. It has absolutely changed my life. The classes that I could NOT get to settle down, now know what is expected of them from BEFORE the bell rings through the reading and the warm-up. It sets the stage for a productive and positive class.