I'm running into a recurring problem. Some of my students who have no issues using target language when it's the obvious focus of the day, or when they see it on a test, consistently fail to use it when it comes up in conversation. It's not a problem of knowledge, but more of awareness.
For example, students know the past tense; I mean, really know it, and have known it since grade school (I'm referring to adults in this post). But when you greet them with, "How was your weekend?" the answer is, "I go..I see.."
Is this fossilization, or does it have some other name? Anyone else encountered this and have any suggestions for dealing with it?
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on Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:19 am, edited 1 time in total.
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