Making the L2 a Habit in the Classroom
This research and practical application based workshop will cover an approach to helping learners use their L2 for most communication in class. In the ongoing debate on the merits of restricting L1 use by students, little research has been done to document how teachers can help learners use their L2 more. One possibility is to a take advantage of habit formation by practicing using the L2 for various communication challenges until the its use becomes automatic. This workshop will demonstrate solutions to two things needed to accomplish this. First, attendees will experience activities to practice skills needed to respond to communication problems in the L2 and an approach to framing tasks to encourage L2 use. Second, I will present the results of a controlled experiment demonstrating the effectiveness of anonymous self reporting as way to help students be mindful of their language use and use the L2 enough to develop the habit. The workshop will end with discussion of implications for research and time for questions.