Last semester my ECS 410 prof showed us this article:
I had this to say about it:
This article got me thinking about homework in French. I think that it depends on the students and what they are doing. I feel that assigning homework that requires oral speaking is not acceptable in a French classroom because students will not have the teacher there to ensure that they are properly pronouncing the words. If students begin to pronounce the word wrong fossilization can occur and students will begin to pronounce the word wrong all the time, once fossilization occurs then it is harder to fix the mistake. Students should not be required to practice oral communication outside of the classroom. On the other hand if students must study for a grammar quiz, they are able to do that at home, as long as they have the materials required to verify their answers. I am not a huge fan of homework, probably because I had a lot of it in High School, but I think that homework is important in developing studying skills and independence. If students are continuing on to post-secondary they will need to have good studying skills and the ability to do homework. Since I had so much homework in High School I was more prepared for university and all of the homework that was required of me, therefore it turned out to be a good thing. I can see both the pros and cons that come with assigning homework and I think the teachers need to have a balance. When I am teaching I may assign homework but it will be only for practice and it will not be for marks. I strongly disagree with giving marks to students who correctly do their homework. I also think it is okay to assign homework to students that are not using their class time appropriately, if a student is slacking and not working on the task they are assigned then they should be responsible for finishing it outside of class. Like I said it depends on the students and the teacher and their beliefs. Therefore, I do not think I am able to make a full decision about homework until I am teaching and until I know my students.
What is your view on homework?