[color=#0000FF][i]Mod's note: more CI related discussion here:[/i] [url=http://forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=94622]Acquisition or learning, comprehensible input or correction?[/url][/color]
ironlady: Incidentally (and perhaps you could split this off into another thread or merge it with an existing thread), checking out some of your posts on this site has led me to an investigation of TPRS (one of my friends is very into CI, but I'd never taken that much of an interest until recently). I tried teaching a couple of classes that way yesterday. The first, some year 9 students with a collective pulse that barely nudges 20 b.p.m., thought I was off my rocker, and some promptly took that as a signal to go back to sleep or perhaps actually die (I can never tell the difference with a couple of them) because I wasn't making them "work". The second, some rather excitable year 7 students, thought it was hilarious and got right into the whole thing. Win some, lose some.
What would be your approach with the year 9 class? I have issues with compulsory education in many senses, and I don't think you can force someone to learn something. Yet there's a massive hurdle to overcome in that I think these kids equate not having a pen in their hand, a test in front of them and a teacher breathing down their necks as break time. I might have thought that given enough time, they'd start paying attention or even participating, but a lot of these kids are so perpetually tired and burnt out from their general workload that I'm not sure that will happen.