Bienvenue à la classe de français! Welcome to French class!For your specific class, please refer to the general welcome page for the Google Classroom info.My philosophy of teaching is to teach with comprehensible input.
What is comprehensible input? Comprehensible input means that students should be able to understand everything that is being said or presented to them. Making teacher talk comprehensible to students goes beyond the choice of vocabulary and involves presentation of background and context, explanation and rewording of unclear content, and the use of effective techniques such constant questions to check for understanding and visual representations. By using context or visual cues, or by asking for clarification, students enhance their knowledge of French.
One way this is accomplished is via reading mini novels made specifically for language learners, which have very limited vocabulary. They also contain lots of repetition because we learn new words (including language structures) through repetition. Per Stephen Krashen, PhD, a renowned linguist who has written extensively on second language acquisition, “Picking up word meanings by reading is 10 times faster than intensive vocabulary instruction.” The Power of Reading (1993), p. 15
Additionally, we use TPRS (teaching proficiency through reading and stories), a method created by Blaine Ray. This includes oral stories which the class helps create, which are then written up to be read. And, then finally, students write themselves.
I also try to bring in as many other formats as possible to engage the students in the learning process. This includes videos, songs, and other authentic materials found on the internet.