I just gotta say that I really loved the little I did read (Katie’s post) and would like to quickly add my two cents:
“if you train the students mainly to cope in real life tasks but then grade them on a grammar test they are going to feel they are being cheated and that you don’t really believe in the method you are using.” (Case)
Isn’t it odd how our classrooms tend to disconnect away from real life tasks?
Textbooks help provide a sense of direction and structure to class, but they are often a far cry from the student’s real life.
I think real life and classroom content should be mirrors. One should not look different than the other if we want to help our students succeed. What do you think?