They're about 90% iambic. I want to remember them easily, after all.
We're in the middle of an interview junket for university teaching positions. I've heard scary stories of deans grilling applicants on grammar terminology and TESL methodology. Panicked, I whipped up a crib sheet overview of the Big Ideas. It was verbose, as I tend to be, so I shrunk 'em down to simple, easy-to-memorize rhymes.
For the record, neither of our first two interviews grilled us that way. Still, I'm prepared. Rhythmic and prepared!
It’s vocab and grammar, not Listen and Speak
Oft used with dead languages: Latins and Greeks
“Learn L2 like L1” said Maxmilian Berlitz,
“with vocab and flashcards, a repetitive blitz!”
Learn structure and vocab through “building block” scripts
Using everyday language, like a phrasebook for trips
Communicative Language Learning
Never mind being perfect, just be understood
With real-life simulations, like ordering food
Krashen's i + 1's how learning naturally goes;
language one step tougher than what a student knows
Total Physical Response
In this class you’ll be active and play Simon Says
To learn vocab through movement before turning a phrase
If learning’s efficient when students are calm
Use drama, games, rhyming, while listening to Brahms!
Engage with fresh topics drawn from students’ choices
Don’t bore them with textbooks, just use your own voices
Language is modeled through Cuisenaire rods
It’s the students who speak, while the teacher just nods