This is a question that faces many classroom teachers. Is the "slower" student who just can't seem to acquire English suffering from a learning disability (LD)? Or is this student just going at their own pace or in need of more English input and maybe differentiated instruction? How to know, how to decide?
Dinklage in a famous study, looked at this problem with students at Harvard. They were brillant students but they just were miserable failures with learning language. Why? He…
I recently attended Kotesol's National Conference. It was themed upon "Reflection and Prof. Development".
As a post-methodist (and not of the religious kind!!) I'm really big on getting students producing language and talking. CO2 is what I call it. Comprehensible Output for 2 people (communication). We all need to give our students more CO2 - forget the oxygen!
In that vein, I've promoted extensively both Voicethread and Voxopop.…