All they need is accurate input… right? Wrong.

Research shows that we acquire languages through comprehensible input, but what if input was more than simply comprehensible? What if it was compelling, too? What kinds of effects would compelling input have on our classroom teaching? What are some strategies to make input more compelling for our students?

I am super excited to present to you my episode of the Musicuentos Black Box Podcast on “The Compelling (Not Just Interesting) Input Hypothesis” by Stephen Krashen:

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The Musicuentos Black Box Podcast is a collection of media resources developed to make relevant research in language learning more accessible and understandable for teachers. In each episode, the presenter reviews a current article on some aspect of language acquisition research and discusses the inplications that the research has on modern language teaching. More information and all of the videocasts are available at musicuentos.com/blackbox.

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Updates and the Black Box Project

Ok, I know what you’re thinking: my last post was 3 weeks ago and about 2 weeks before that I said I’d be posting a lot more, but I haven’t. I’m sorry for that, but I have a pretty good excuse. It’s been crazy for the last few weeks. School is winding down (or winding up towards final exam projects and then a quick slide down the other side) and will be over in 5 weeks. It has gone by so quickly that I have had a hard time keeping up with and reflecting on everything I’ve been doing.

Along with school, I have been working to put together a presentation proposal for the SCOLT 2016 conference in February of next year. The topic is related to the things that I have been talking about on the blog (not too much more information, though—you’ll just have to come and see me in NC 🙂 ).

On top of all that, I have had one other project that has been taking a lot of time and planning: the Musicuentos Black Box Podcast project.

Muscuentos Black Box Podcast

This is a really exciting endeavor that we’re taking to produce “freely available, easy-to-understand resources that get you the information you need about recent research in how people learn language.  You’ll get it fast and you’ll be able to see immediately how to implement it.  And you’ll get it regularly.” (quoted directly from Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell, our fearless leader and the brains behind Musicuentos and the Black Box Project).

I’m working with 4 other instructors and language professionals to produce these videos about current research about language acquisition and teaching methods. We are really excited and can’t wait to get started! If you’re interested in helping us get the project off the ground, go here.

So that’s about it for updates in the world of the fernster…I am not going to call myself that anymore…the name I use now is already silly enough.

More posts to come soon, Promise (and this time I’ll follow through…probably 🙂 )