While Barbara was back and addled, I was in Oklahoma, with little to no time and less Internet access, but enough to read the post, only to have to sit and let it seethe until I could get back and react (after the dust of the new semester settled a bit).
Frankly, Tim looks like he has repackaged a tired and quite old model of learning, which has its roots in an instructional design model in which complex tasks are “reduced” (deconstructed, whatever) into simple elements. I wouldn’t even call this “learn but not master”, because this “method” actually makes the performance of complex tasks harder if not impossible. To paraphrase Grellet: the system of references, tasks and supportive information as well as the discourse indicators one relies on are often removed or at least significantly altered.
Practicing whole tasks based on real life competencies with an aim at integration and scaffolding (not chunking) of components. THIS is called learning a language, isn’t it?
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