✔ Rules (DEA & CWB)
✔ Routines (Routines, Student Jobs, Interjections & Rejoinders)
✔ Brain Breaks
__ Groups, Blogs, Contacts
OK, OK, I could’ve organized this last one into 3 different checklist items like the rest, but this last item is one step, and a very simple one. All you have to do is sign up for things. Why? You will need support from a community of people who’ve experienced a lot of what you’re about to experience. There’s always something new YOU bring to the table, so don’t think your voice isn’t important. As with any group, just try not to feed the trolls if you can identify them before you get into something.
LatinBestPractices (LBP) was a Yahoo Group that picked up where the LatinTeach list serve left off. Now, it’s a Facebook Group “Latin Best Practices: The Next Generation in Comprehensible Input.” The group has taken a clear position on Teaching with CI, and is a safe place to bring up your thoughts and questions. Since LBP has absorbed LatinTeach members with years of various teaching principles, every now and then you’ll find someone resistant to Teaching with CI who causes a minor fuss, but it’s no big deal.
moreTPRS is huge Yahoo Group with a range of participants “in the know,” from the die-hard “pure TPRS” practitioners who appear annoyed that so many people have questions about the method, to people who go beyond TPRS and discuss Teaching with CI in general. This has also moved to Facebook as “iFLT/NTPRS/CI Teaching.” I would lurk in this group for a while, and then post when you have something to add or ask. Don’t let people bother you, they’re probably have good intentions.
I have a list of the blogs that got me into CI over to the right. Tea with BvP was on for about 5 semesters. I recommend following and listening to the archives. If you can’t find an hour to listen to the show, I edited them down here.
I haven’t been snubbed by a single person I’ve reached out to in the language teaching world of CI. Everyone, including big name researchers like Stephen Krashen and Bill VanPatten, have all taken the time to respond to me. Some of the best professional and personal relationships started with an email I’ve sent to a teacher doing something I had a question about. So, don’t hesitate to get in touch with someone directly.