Language teaching and learning

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 →

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 →

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