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  • nodplod
    ... supportive, and I now await for opponents of this dire crime to howl with indignation MD Hello all, ... of ... much ... by, in ... and ... mean?) ...
    Message 1 of 5 , Sep 1, 2008
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      --- In dogme@yahoogroups.com, "mike_corea" <mike_corea@...> wrote:
      >
      > Bravo!! I'm impressed, and mollified. I agree with you-firm but
      supportive, and I now await for opponents of this dire crime to howl
      with indignation
      MD

      Hello all,
      >
      > I have been observing lots of classes at my school lately and one
      of
      > the striking things I notice is that "my" students speak Korean
      much
      > less in class. I was really surprised when I witnessed the highest
      > level that we have (nominally intermediate but more likely on the
      > pre-side of intermediate) speaking Korean as much as they did. The
      > only time I (typically) hear Korean in my class it is prefaced
      by, "in
      > Korean the word we are talking about is ______." I am very proud
      and
      > impressed that every interaction that goes on in the class (Can I
      > borrow a pen? Please come here. Please repeat that? What do you
      mean?)
      > is in English. My class is mostly false beginners and their English
      > knowledge is not nearly as high as the other classes that I
      observed.
      > They simply get on in English and work through things. I think that
      > because I was very firm, yet supportive in the early stages of the
      > class they feel comfortable to operate in only English. I also
      think
      > that the bright orange piggy bank that I gave them after they
      decided
      > that they would only speak English in the classroom (including
      break
      > time) might have helped. I do not mean to brag or unnecessarily
      > resurrect the debate but I thought that this empirical evidence
      might
      > mean something or sway people a bit. I truly feel that they are
      under
      > the English "spell" for the majority of their day and I think it
      is a
      > great thing. I am sad that I only have 5 more weeks with this
      > wonderful group.
      >
      > Cheers,
      > Mike
      >
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