Established Guidelines for Total Immersion
The following guidelines have been established by the department so that everyone may be consistent in the use of the target language in the classroom.
- In the modern languages, the target language is to be the sole means of communication between teacher and student in the classroom setting for students at the third-year of study and above, and the major means of communication for students in the first and second years of study, except as noted below. In the Classical languages, use of the target language is optional.
- Various non-spoken means implementing English (e.g. writing on the board, flash cards, hand-outs) may be used to facilitate and insure proper understanding of what is being said or alluded to in the target language.
- Extra help may be given in English in sessions outside class, but these are not to be construed by the student as a way of avoiding the total immersion process in the classroom.
- In limited, extraordinary circumstances (e.g. an emergency, giving instruction that involves the use of technical vocabulary for the first time, in testing situations where use of the target language may betray answers, in some instances of peer editing), English may be used.
As a rule of thumb, when in doubt, use the target language!