Language teaching and learning

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 →

SQ3R Reading Strategy

When I was in grad school I went to a workshop on speed reading, and two things really stuck with me. One - I don't have to read aloud in my mind, especially when reading academic articles with words that... Continue Reading →

Reading about Dutch nursing home

I've used quite a bit of Martina Bex's Somos curriculum in my middle school Spanish classes. After learning the target structure una mujer vieja (an old woman), vive (s/he lives) and llevó (s/he took) in units 15-17, we read an adapted news article about Dutch university... Continue Reading →

NWTSJ Conference 2016

Yesterday I went to the 9th annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference. The conference takes place in October every year, each year alternating between Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Kevin Kumashiro was the keynote speaker, and his speech provided... Continue Reading →

Favorite tool for formative assessments

Formative (aka GoFormative) is my go-to tool for quick and easy formative assessments (not ideal or meant for summative assessments). It's quick and easy for teacher and students to use. Both the setup and its use are fairly easy. See how-to page.... Continue Reading →

MovieTalk for Novice Language Learners

Last weekend after the COFLT conference, I went to a post-conference workshop lead by Carol Gaab called MovieTalk Magic. Before the workshop, everything I knew about MovieTalk came from here and here. In a nutshell, the teacher shows students a film clip pausing... Continue Reading →


Plickers are like clickers often used in university classes, but instead of using a remote transmitter to respond, students use a plickers card to respond. Students respond to multiple choice questions by holding up their card. Teachers gather answers with... Continue Reading →

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