Comprehensible input is critical for language acquisition. As language teachers, we must find ways to provide our students with input! But how do we GIVE input without LOSING our voice?

Give students input, keep your voice.

“I love CI. But I have 7 large classes a day. My voice begins to give out by my 4th period. What can I do?” Señora Spicer emailed in this question to the We Teach Languages podcast after listening to me chat with Stacey about how to write comprehensible texts on Episode 56 (click here to … Continue reading Give students input, keep your voice.

Learn how to make weekend chats a weekly routine in your language classes!

10 ways to talk with your students about their weekend

When I first ditched the textbook, Weekend Chats was one of the very first routines that I learned about and started using in class. I was introduced to it by Michele Whaley, and I remember reading about it on Ben Slavic's blog soon thereafter. I used Ben's idea of having students illustrate posters of places … Continue reading 10 ways to talk with your students about their weekend

Join Martina Bex at Express Fluency language teacher training in Burlington, VT this summer!

Language teacher training in Vermont, August 2018

I am thrilled to be participating in this year's Express Fluency Language Teacher training in South Burlington, Vermont this summer, and I hope you will join me! Like iFLT, NTPRS, and Comprehensible Cascadia, Express Fluency offers this annual summer training for language teachers that are looking to learn how to help their students understand the language that … Continue reading Language teacher training in Vermont, August 2018

How can a language teacher know whether or not their students are ready to read a novel in Level 1? What novels are appropriate for Level 1 in Spanish class?

“Is this novel REALLY Level 1?” – Which factors contribute to text complexity?

Ah, requisition season. Thousands of teachers around the country are making plans for next year and laying claim to coveted budget dollars to get the resources that they need for next year’s students. Perhaps you find yourself writing a budget proposal for the coming school year. Perhaps your deadline to submit the budget is...FRIDAY! Perhaps … Continue reading “Is this novel REALLY Level 1?” – Which factors contribute to text complexity?

What to do when you’re done but the school year isn’t

It's May. If you're lucky, you are wrapping up your last week or two of school. If you're on the East Coast, you are staring down another month and a half of classes. Either way--the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you.are.done. Here are ten activities that you can use to carry through … Continue reading What to do when you’re done but the school year isn’t

SALE! Plan for next year with CONFIDENCE

  Are you ready for the 2018-2019 school year to be your best year yet? I have some great news: you have come to the right place at the right time. There are oodles of ways to provide your students with rich, comprehensible input. For the first time ever, there are many different curriculum and no-curriculum … Continue reading SALE! Plan for next year with CONFIDENCE

Popointendente - the latest poop story, fresh for your Spanish classes!

Another poop story for your Spanish class

With a total of 19 Tweets, Facebook tags, emails, text messages, and Facebook messages in 48 hours, I am just thrilled to know that I am the first person you think of when you hear a good poop story (thank you, Correcaca). Perhaps you saw on the news that there is a new caca-criminal in town--and this … Continue reading Another poop story for your Spanish class