Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Talking vs Writing in Language Courses

"This is hard," a bright student complained after an oral exam. "My previous teachers never asked us to speak. We just wrote a lot."

This is this student's fourth semester of college-level Spanish. I've had a lot of trouble getting the students to put down their pens and just chat in this classroom. Now I know why. This is very sad, people.


Kira said...

Does the syllabus include a talk during the first three semesters? If the answer is "yes", your colleague does hackwork.

Clarissa said...

That's my point exactly.