Dec 17, 2011









Tsubasa said...

One click nonchalantly knowing that you had already closed this site blew me off,
with your happy announcement of newly opening of this site for your new class at home and the big read word I tweeted this morning ^^;)

Anyways, I am so happy to know that you are really enjoying supporting the young learners by your own style. What lucky and happy students they are!

I am truly looking forward to reading your new posts about how they will be enjoying Tadoku from now on!

Three cheers!!

Whiskers said...

Glad you started writing here again!

You've done with tweeting about Freeze reading a.k.a. phrase reading, so I came here. XP (Hoorah, I used the word 'a.k.a.' for the first time!)

As I tweeted, once I was into it and was teaching how to cut sentences into chunks but I don't remember why and when I stopped teaching it. Maybe when I stopped having students translate texts in my class.

Before I runt LOL here, I must say that I know phrase reading is a useful way to understand English text sometimes.
After I stopped teaching it in my class, I came to notice that some students start to slash up the given text even before they read it. It happens at entrance exams for my school and in my STEP classes. What is it? I wondered. It seems that some students learned it at junior or senior high school or at Juku, and also, there's a teacher at our very school who was instructing students to draw slashes.

If you draw slashes voluntarily to make out the structure of a very complicated sentence, this phrase reading is a big help. However, if students are taught to do so, 'good' students draw slashes before reading whatever text it is as a ritual, and actually it slow them down because it's an additional work.

I have to say it again here: it's a useful help when used for some appropriate occasions, but not almighty.

And why don't other teachers realize it? Why are they spending precious tax money on making those scrap materials??
Maybe people at the committe are too smart to see what really is a problem among 'ordinary' students.

Mrs. Malone(ハンドルネーム) said...

Hi Tsubasa-san,

Yeah, at one time I was seriously considering to delete the blog completely from the net since I was said directly from someone I respect that my accusations or carelessly uttered words in here are sometimes very influential for some beginner tadokers and some even stopped doing shadowing or something after having read my entries...
I didn't think the claim to be reasonable or fair, but if my blog entries could deprive the chance from beginners to get to know more about tadoku despite my real intention, I thought I'd better shut my mouth and stay away from the tadoku activities...
Well, so what I'm thinking now? Since I came to know that many tadoker teachers are interested in going beyond tadoku and cultivate a field to enjoy English with their students, there is no way to keep me from ranting! haha
I'm truly lucky to be involved in the circle of courageous tadoker teachers like you! ^^

Mrs. Malone(ハンドルネーム) said...

Hi Whiskers-san,

What you wrote about slashing reading is nothing but the very thing we should in the main entry, don't you think. I often think we're discussing crucial points of learning English in a small corner of comment section, but it's a huge waste of knowledge and wisdom!
If you're not wiling to make your own blog or something, then is it Okay to paste your comments and use it in the main entry of my blog? hahaha
Enjoy weekend!

Whiskers said...

You know very well that I cannot start a blog with a lot of help which I can never get. LOL

Moreover, I don't come up with those ideas to write about.
Now I'm practicing writing at Lang-8 on various matters, and came to realize that I'm no academic person.
You always inspire me and I just write down what I think about your entry. ;p

Anyway, congratulations on your re-starting this blog.
I wonder why those sensitive people didn't directly ask you here about your entry. Maybe you should make it clear that you wouldn't bite! XD

People out there, emmie-san is an open-minded person. Don't be afraid!