Dr. Baros is a dedicated researcher, educator, and LGBTQ advocate. Her areas of expertise are proficiency-based language teaching and creating inclusive environments for LGBTQ students and people.
I cannot express how grateful I am to Janet Halbert, Rita Barrett, Tina Hargaden, and Janet Kyung as well as everyone else with Proficiency PDX for the amazing Comprehensible Cascadia conference. Two weeks ago, I entered this conference discouraged and frustrated from my previous year's experience, but I left with excitement and enthusiasm for the year to come. I also cannot wait to share with you some of the amazing insights I learned!
To begin, I have a series of four videos showing an example of scaffolding and documenting input. One of my biggest take-aways from the conference came from Mike Peto who suggested to end everything with the strategy Write and Discuss (credit to Tina Hargaden for this strategy - go buy her book for this and SO much more!). This allows us to do so many things (a more detailed post about each of these coming soon):
As I was discussing using Write and Discuss with Botond, a comprehensible input teacher in Hugary, he was intrigued by this Write and Discuss idea - and I was eager to try it out. He is also familiar with Story Listening (Dr. Beniko Mason), so he also wanted to see how I incorporate it as one strategy among many in my Comprehensible Input classroom. So this morning, we did a mini-unit and debriefed about the process. This unit started with introducing vocabulary with TPR and PQA, a One Word Image, Ask-A-Story, and my adaptation of Story Listening to my classroom. We recorded the entire experience in order to share our collaborative learning with all of you! I would love to hear your thoughts as well - I learn so much from others' feedback and processing of my teaching!
Before viewing the links, I need to add a few disclaimers:
Without further ado, here are the four videos - they can be watched individually in whichever order or all at once, although you'll get the full discussion if you watch all four in order:
Dr. Beniko Mason
Dr. Stephen Krashen
Dr. Krashen's Blog
Watch Tina Teach!
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