Be Bold! It seems to me that there is too much textbook and workbook work in the foreign language classroom. Engaging the language should consist of listening, reading, writing and speaking. It should be full of learning games and activities that reinforce grammar and vocabulary lessons. And not only in the classroom during class time, give students access to language learning content when they're not in school. The confines of the classroom have been obliterated by technology. Given the power of the hand held device, students have the power to learn anytime, from anywhere. Why not set up a digital structure, a digital "classroom" if you will, that your students can access from anywhere. Talk about a teachable moment! Students want to know something while at the mall and they go to an online resource you've provided to learn what they're looking for. They'll never forget it!
Here's to bold teachers who reflect on their teaching style in order to maximize student engagement! Here's to the loud, crazy, chaotic and seemingly disorganized foreign language classroom! We need more of both.