A few years ago, I had a vision to bridge the gap between the overworked, underpaid, sometimes underinformed language teacher and the often out-of-touch, jargon-spouting, ivory-tower-dwelling second language acquisition researcher. I made an attempt to tackle the problem myself and discovered I didn’t have that kind of time and I’d chosen the wrong medium. So I took to the blog and asked you what you wanted, and if you could help. Some amazing educators responded and joined me, and last year we produced ten illustrated videocasts, each about ten minutes long, presenting pertinent second language acquisition research you could understand and use to improve your practices. This year we’ve got more exciting episodes planned, with a “Throwback ThurSLA” episode coming very soon, a collaboration of all five of us to showcase some of the seminal articles that changed the face of language acquisition research, to intriguing research on incorporating high-frequency vocabulary in lists of targets.
Has it already been a year?
Yes it has, and once again, we’d appreciate your help. As always, the Black Box resources will never cost a teacher anything, but they do cost us something: the subscriptions to VideoScribe, the program we use to produce the videos.
Can you help us renew our licenses for VideoScribe? Check out our project on GoFundMe. (The amount showed as raised includes all of last year’s funds as I am not able to reset the amount.) We’re thankful for any help you can provide, and we hope you find the resource very helpful in your journey to be an effective world language teacher.
Wait, you say you don’t know what the Musicuentos Black Box is? You haven’t seen any of the videos? You haven’t met these amazing teachers I get to work with? Well, it’s time for a binge.