One of my colleagues was talking about how well her Spanish students are writing now, after a couple of years of TPRS. They wrote a class novel in four days for their final…when I get details from her (probably in early August), I’ll share them. She has a great framework that I wanted today, but we were talking about this after a nearly three-hour meeting, so couldn’t take the time to pull it out of her. Anyway, she said that she used to teach a very rigorous Spanish class. Kids had to be on top of their game and work hard to get good grades. They pushed and struggled, learned all sorts of tricky grammar points and the vocabulary to illustrate them, and at the end of the year, what they had was “useless.” Her word, not mine. She said that now the kids truly have facility that she is not really able to explain or quite take in.
PS The meeting was for planning our 17-19 September AFLA state conference, which has just 14 more days of early-bird sign-up. Carol Gaab and Terry Thatcher Waltz will present (with three other national presenters in French, German and Japanese). The theme is literacy, and we are excited!!