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CI and FVR baby steps

Today I post a long intro about why I'm uncomfortable with the term CI and about my experience trying out FVR, but before that I want to share a few pictures of the beautiful organization that some parent and student... Continue Reading →

Literacy Strategies

Even though it's the end of the school year, it's worth noting literacy strategies that are new to me and that I'd like to use next school year. Here's my plan to use three literacy strategies that are either new... Continue Reading →

Minimal preparation activities

Here is a collection of blog posts featuring activities for language classes that require minimal preparation (e.g. low-prep, no prep): 10 minimal preparation games to enhance phonological awareness and decoding skills by Gianfranco Conti Seven minimal-prep/high impact techniques to focus students... Continue Reading →

Personalized Question and Answer Alternatives

For most teachers a TPRS unit starts with a Personalized Question and Answer (PQA) class discussion. The PQAs typically involve the target structures. Quick side note: I like Carol Gaab's clarification of PQA. We're not necessarily asking personal questions (sometimes... Continue Reading →

Additional Resources for Esperanza

I'm about to start Carol Gaab's Esperanza with my 8th graders. I did it last year, and I wish I'd saved the list of blogs with Esperanza ideas and materials that go beyond what's in the TM. Here's that list:... Continue Reading →

The Invisibles go to Colombia

Earlier in the school year, we finished a unit on a Wednesday, and since the following day was a Thursday before a long weekend, I didn’t want to start the next unit. I didn’t want to start a unit on... Continue Reading →

InterCom Newsletter

The Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon publishes InterCom, a weekly newsletter with links to articles, blog posts and activity ideas that match your interests. When you subscribe and set up your profile you select... Continue Reading →

Active Input

For almost the past ten years I've found stories to be a fun and effective technique for teaching and learning language, but one aspect of it that I've struggled to reconcile is the teacher-centeredness of the technique. Even with students making suggestions... Continue Reading →

Soy yo por Bomba Estéreo

Like the rest of the world, I've been obsessed with the music video for Bomba Estéreo's Soy yo. My sisters and I keep sending each other texts or links  the video.  So obsessed that I had to do a unit on it.... Continue Reading →

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