I am hoping to get blogging more regularly now that the new year has arrived.
I am, as usual, working little by little on several different projects.
Mainly, I have been studying French on LingQ now that I have some freedom with the Christmas holidays. This has been going better than ever before because I have found a few ways to use the LingQ system that are more motivating to me. First of all, the reverse flashcard review has motivated me much more to review flashcards.
The LingQ methodology is more about reviewing from target language to native language but I find that as a high intermediate-advanced learner of French, it is not enough of a challenge to review that way. I think if I were able to find a much bigger variety of content in French I could be more motivated according to LingQ principles. But it is time consuming and rare to find such material that is both interesting and available in transcript plus audio form. So as a substitute for the motivation of lots of interesting material, I am reviewing from English to French. I do it by resizing the window and hiding the Keyword part of the flashcard, then just scrolling up when I want to check my answer.
Another factor that has sped up my LingQing is the Firefox addon "qtl ultra lite". It is perfect for finding translations for phrases quite quickly. It works well with English and French anyway. I am not going to explain it here. If you use Firefox, it is easy enough to find and experiment with. Just click "Tools"> "Addons" and go from there.
Other projects I have been working on are getting ready for the practicum phase of the current education program I am in. This has been going quite slowly. I have been trying to review a lot of the activities that I have used in the past as a private language teacher so that I am ready to employ them again in the practicum. However, I get demotivated quickly because the more I review techniques the more I see that teaching is not about technique at all. It is about being present in the moment, and noticing stuff. Noticing moods mostly, both the students and your own. If you are on the same page emotionally with the students, the most facile teaching technique will work. If you are distant, the most clever technique will fail. This is why teaching is technology-proof.