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Thursday, 22 June 2017

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I’m giving up all my languages—all but one. For a month I mean to devote myself to Spanish.

My reason is that I need to try out my 28-step program. I need to be able to have confidence in it in order to promote it as a viable alternative to conventional language instruction. 


Perhaps I ought to do this with another language. After all, I’ve already made a bit of a start. But the first group I hope to take through it all wish to prepare to holiday in Argentina. And through them I’m hoping to interest the Polytechnic.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

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It is the last week of my English class. All but one of my students have passed their assessments. How to help that person? She’ll repeat my class next semester.

It’s a question of familiarity with language structure, internalization, and confidence. According to me (and Krashen), she needs a lot of comprehensible input. Good modeling. 

I’ll get her to highlight the easiest sentences on every page of a book, and then the next easiest batch of sentences the next and subsequent runs through. Possibly copy them out too.


If I did that with Spanish, say, I’d probably make good progress.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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I’m pleased to have completed an outline of Get Used to it yesterday morning at Marsh.

There are 28 modules, or levels—as if it were some sort of video game. Each has a snappy title, an objective, a language activity, and a topic to write 100 words about. 

I may change the order of some, merge others, or split up one of them. Also I’m going to have to fill them out and create auxiliary materials. But essentially, I’ve done it.


If I give myself July to get everything done then it would be ready for the Argentina group.

Monday, 19 June 2017

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De vijf gaan er vandoor (Five run away together) has a decent enough level of Dutch. It’s not beginner or simply for children. As I read it the other day, I remembered how Mami, my wife, first got into English—by completing 5 from this series, and thereafter the Narnian Chronicles. Now it’s my turn.


I’m going to restrict my language exploration to just 6 of them (English, Dutch, German, Japanese, French and Spanish). That feels like merely scratching the surface to me. However, I’ll concentrate on ‘Get Used to It’ for the rest of the year (another 88 days).