Language teaching and learning

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 →

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 →

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