I sent an exchange student to the library with three AP students today, telling her to ask a lot of questions on a reading. Instead, she worked on their accents as they read aloud. They came back feeling that they had wasted the hour. They told me that they were hoping to read for meaning, and that they knew they couldn’t speak correctly unless they first understood and then had heard the vocabulary a bunch of times. It was really weird to hear all the TPRS phrases coming out of their mouths. Even though they sometimes don’t appreciate what I’m doing and how I’m doing it, they know the concepts.
But as the kids would say, “My bad.” I thought that since she’d watched me for a semester in another class, she would understand when I said, “Ask a lot of questions.”