Category Archives: Learner attitudes

Personalization tips and tricks by Kristy Placido

Personalization is an important part of a CI (comprehensible input) class. Students thrive on hearing about themselves, talking about themselves, and feeling like others care about them (especially if others genuinely DO care about them!). Personalization can also be one of the hardest aspects that a new (or experienced) CI teacher contends with in class. I…

In-jokes bring us closer by Jim Tripp

In-joke: an esoteric joke that is humorous only to those who are aware of the circumstances behind it; cryptic allusions to shared common ground that act as triggers; only those who have shared the common ground provide an appropriate response. (source: Wikipedia) In-jokes (aka inside jokes) are an incredibly powerful way of bringing us closer to our students, and our students closer…