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Communicative Input (CI) “Ensemble Instruction” Demo tonight, 11/6/17 630pm Aderhold 317

 We hope you can make it! If you do or if you don’t here is the presentation link and some information we will share.  Hope to see you there!

11/6/17 Presentation Link from the event “Creativity and Comedy in a Foreign Language” given by Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor & LLED 7504 Students in Aderhold 317 630-8pm


Below is a list of strategies that second/foreign language teachers often use in [Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling [TPRS] focused on communicative input in L2 (second language) instruction. These are some of the strategies you may notice in the demo instruction tonight:


Making Everyone Look Smart in an L2

·      yes/no questions

·      either/or questions

·      one-word answer questions

·      point and pause to written words (with L1 resources) on the board

·      checking for L1-L2 understanding: what did I just say?

·      use signals to slow down or clarify meaning

·      effective use of engaging repetition

·      everything is comprehensible


Physical and/or Audible (fun) L2 Engagement

·      gestures

·      sounds

·      real “materials” used

·      elements of “play” involved in the lesson


Meaningful L2 Use

·      using an image or story

·      using personalized questions & answers

·      co-creating from imagination

·      acting language out













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