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Comprehensible Input: Foreshadowing...2018 Summer Institute

By Lauren Rosen

The 2018 WAFLT Summer Institute is just around the corner. To help folks get charged for this year’s theme, “Digging Deep: Comprehensible Input, Authentic Resources and Growing Professionally,” it seemed appropriate to share a few definitions and current resources from the web that provide a range of thought on this topic.

 First, What is CI?

Comprehensible Input is built off of Krashen’s Input Hypothesis whereby students need target language input just above their current level of linguistic competence. Krashen suggests that input at this level leads students to acquire language naturally rather than focusing on the memorization of grammatical rules. Read more.

Do bilinguals hear speech differently?


Learning a second language can change the way people integrate sight and hearing to make sense of speech, a Northwestern University study has found.

The study found that a bilingual person and a monolingual person listening to the same speaker can hear two different things.

According to the researchers, people who speak more than one language are more likely to experience what's known as the 'McGurk Effect,' which causes them to hear completely different sounds when speech conflicts with what they see.​ The Daily Mail (London)

Engaging novice world language learners

SOURCE: Edutopia News

It’s no secret that teaching a world language creatively can be challenging, particularly at the novice level. Our novice learners are limited in terms of their communicative skills, which often dissuades us from taking risks when designing lessons and assessments.

As world language instructors, we can become so laser-focused on teaching the foundations of the language that we unintentionally neglect to infuse culturally rich, authentic materials into our lessons. This results in disengagement and lowered motivation on the students’ part, and frustration on ours.​ Edutopia


July 30-August 1, 2018
WAFLT Summer Institute
Digging Deep: Comprehensible Input, Authentic Resources and Growing Professionally
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September 25, 2018
WAFLT Scholarship for Tomorrow's Teachers Application Deadline
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November 1-3, 2018
WAFLT Annual Conference
Unlock the Doors: Explore a World of Opportunities
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How are emotions attached to first, second languages?

A taxi driver recently cut me up on the motorway. Without hesitation, I machine-gunned a string of vulgarity at the poor man. What struck me was that every word that came out of my mouth was in Spanish. As a native speaker of English, having learned Spanish as an adult, English should have been the more readily accessible language. Yet there I was, cussing out this stranger in Mexican-accented Spanish alongside an assortment of inappropriate hand gestures. The Conversation (U.S.)
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