My Reflections on Barcroft’s “Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary Instruction”

I recently read Joe Barcroft’s book, Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary Instruction. I first heard about it from this episode of the We Teach Languages podcast. I recommend listening to the episode if you want to get a quick overview of Barcroft’s ideas. And if you want to learn more about the approach, Barcroft’s book explains a …

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Embarrassment in the Language Classroom

“Embarrassment is a true enemy of learning,” writes Thomas Newkirk.  I just finished reading Newkirk’s book, Embarrassment: And the Emotional Underlife of Learning. It’s a book about how feelings of embarrassment and shame often hold learners back in the classroom. In order to learn anything new, we all go through a period of incompetence, which …

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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 prominent researcher in the field of Second Language …

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