On Friday I have to play in a Student vs Faculty basketball game.

Whoever organized this should be punished.

Oh wait, that’s me.

Here’s the thing: I work in a school where the teacher population is, well, let’s say “mature.” We are grasping at straws to find the faculty for our team!

Here’s the other thing: I LOVE basketball. I can tell you every move that is happening on the court. I rocked my SEC tournament bracket this year and nearly won my NCAA tournament bracket pool.

But I cannot play basketball.

It’s not so much that I am bad at playing basketball, but rather more of a “I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-my-body” sort of thing. And maybe a little bit of “I’m-not-sure-my-brain-can-think-that-fast” sort of thing, too.

Now, had I been taught how to play at a young age, and had I spent some time (even just in the last month) practicing and developing my skills, perhaps I would feel a little more confident in my basketball skills. Certainly, Willy Cauley Stein has put in some hours developing his, don’t you think (although not enough to win the tournament– OOOOOoooo!)?

Isn’t it just the same with language acquisition, really?

There are people who love the language. They love to play with it, write it, make puzzles with the verbs, manipulate and diagram sentences. They KNOW the language. Can they also use the language? Not always!

In order to really gain something from a language, you must be able to use it, to perform it.

Still afraid to jump into the world of proficiency-based learning? See Sarah-Elizabeth Cottrell’s post here.  It is most inspiring!