I owe my professional sanity to Ben Slavic. Every once in a while I’ll share a quote of his that has impacted my thinking and my practice.

The Affective Filter Hypothesis states there is a “filter” or “mental block” that keeps L2 from “getting in” – the lower the filter, the easier it is to learn L2.Thus, human contact of a relaxed nature, i.e. reaching kids in a way that is meaningful to them, increases acquisition of L2.
-Ben Slavic

Relax. Lower the Filter. Raise Acquisition.
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