Category Archives: Methods

Five Working (but out-of-date) Hypotheses by Carol Gaab

Recently, a teacher posted the Five Working Hypotheses by Alice Omaggio-Hadley on one of the ACTFL listservs. (Omaggio, 1986, pp. 44-53; and Omaggio-Hadley, 2001, pp. 89-105) The teacher posted: Alice Omaggio-Hadley familiarizes us with “five working hypotheses, which have been the building blocks of proficiency-oriented language curricula for nearly two decades. Another teacher swiftly replied,…

Intersections by Teri Wiechart

  After many blog posts in the past couple of weeks regarding text or task, Can-Do Statements, this “camp”/ “that camp”/”your camp”/”my camp”, etc.  I went on a quest to explore and clarify my thinking and to find where the Venn diagrams intersected.  Where do we agree?  Where do we disagree?  I will start by filling…

The Caveats of Circling by Carol Gaab

Circling is a fundamental skill for most CI teachers and a core strategy developed by TPRS practitioners. Although I am not sure exactly WHO ‘invented’ circling, I know that Blaine Ray, Susie Gross and Karen Rowan are at least a few of the key contributors to its development. Like many great discoveries, I think that…

Approach vs. Curriculum by Carol Gaab

Recently, a university professor posted to the ACTFL Teacher Development SIG discussion board*, expressing concern about whether TPRS materials “provide authentic language / culture” and whether “the approach is able to address all five Cs.”  I enjoyed reading the comments on the board and appreciated the thoughtful responses. (Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell, Mike Coxon, Laurie Clarcq, Jan…