20+ stations for proficiency oriented language classes

Whether you call them Stations or Centers, you probably love them—and so do your students. Stations give you a laissez-faire teaching day and provide lots of movement and small group interaction for students.  Stations do not, however, come without challenges. Stations often take quite a bit of prep work. For the proficiency oriented, comprehension based … Continue reading 20+ stations for proficiency oriented language classes

Give your class a Boost

Whether you are full of energy coming off the fall conference season or starting to feel the winter blues, now is the time to give your language classes a BOOST with materials from The Comprehensible Classroom. We are the #1 store for world language teacher resources on Teachers Pay Teachers, and with over 500 products, … Continue reading Give your class a Boost

Garbanzo: learn Spanish through stories

Meet Garbanzo: The new story-based app for learning Spanish

The bird's out of the cage, and it’s time to share my big secret with YOU, my readers!! At ACTFL, I announced the launch of GARBANZO, the new web application from The Comprehensible Classroom. The journey to create an app that would help teachers find reading material that is suitable for early language learners began … Continue reading Meet Garbanzo: The new story-based app for learning Spanish

Día de Muertos GIVEAWAY

If you're a Spanish teacher, you have likely been thinking about how to share El Día de los muertos with your students since last November...or at least since your first viewing of Coco! TEACH CULTURE AND SPANISH When I began practicing the art of making input comprehensible, I realized that celebrations like this are gold mines … Continue reading Día de Muertos GIVEAWAY

Sub plans for challenging classes

I have seen many plans over the years that give students an opportunity to show their work ethic and social skills by completing creative tasks together. My sub plans were not like this. I spent most of my years in a middle school with large classes of 35 squirrely, defiant pre-teens and teens, and sub … Continue reading Sub plans for challenging classes

Reading activities for current events

Film, politics, sports, conservation, and activism--these are just a few of the topics that the stories from the new EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS subscription have addressed. Maris and I are passionate about finding stories that your students will connect with and that will open their eyes to the things happening in the world, near … Continue reading Reading activities for current events

Practical advice for classroom management

You have done your research and planned your year with lessons and activities that are guaranteed to help your students make forward progress on the path to proficiency. Your planned lessons are input-rich and you know how to keep it comprehensible. You can't fail! ...except, you are failing. You're a few days in...a few weeks in maybe...and … Continue reading Practical advice for classroom management