Book Review: “While We’re on the Topic”

I just finished reading Bill VanPatten’s newest book, While We’re on the Topic: BVP on Language, Acquisition, and Classroom Practice, and I thought I would write a review. The book is available on the ACTFL website. For those who aren’t familiar with him, Bill VanPatten is a very prominent researcher in the field of Second…… Continue reading Book Review: “While We’re on the Topic”

My Reviews of English Graded Reader Series

We know that reading is essential for language students. First and foremost, reading helps students become better readers. As Frank Smith has said, “We learn to read by reading.” Reading also helps students increase their vocabulary, acquire grammar implicitly, and learn how to write. Plus, it’s enjoyable! Time and time again, research evidence has demonstrated…… Continue reading My Reviews of English Graded Reader Series

Using Children’s Picture Books with Adults

Children’s picture books are great resources in the language classroom. The stories are usually fairly short and simple, and the pictures can help increase students’ comprehension of the story. They’re also a good way to introduce students to books and to the idea of reading for fun and enjoyment. The main drawback, however, is that,…… Continue reading Using Children’s Picture Books with Adults

Reflections from My Students on Story Listening, Whole-Class Novel Reading, and FVR

At one of the two programs where I teach, we just finished a term, and I gave my students a survey to help me know what kind of class activities they liked the most and found the most helpful. I think it’s really important to do these kinds of surveys because it’s a way of…… Continue reading Reflections from My Students on Story Listening, Whole-Class Novel Reading, and FVR