As language teachers, our goal for our students is to be more proficient in the target language when they complete our course than when they began. We probably have other goals for our students (being more kind, more empathetic, more responsible, more culturally aware), but all of these objectives fit into the overarching mission of … Continue reading What is Proficiency Oriented Language Instruction?
Here is a really brief, one-page overview that SOMOS/Nous sommes teachers can share with parents of their students about what to expect from the class. Click here or on the image below to download. What key information do you think is missing? What do you think is important to share with parents?
Shakira's Octavo Día is in my iTunes Music Library and on my Música playlist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1Jfqcmteh0 Octavo Día was my favorite song from Spanish 5 with Señora Gates--the same class in which I actually had a higher grade than my superstar brother, convincing me that the Spanish language was my calling in life. Shakira was sooooooooo cool--way … Continue reading Strike a Chord: Gift card winners & music for Spanish class
If you're looking for the magic resource that will make your students learn Spanish, have fun, and love your class--it doesn't exist. But you know what does exist? YOU! YOU are the magic that will help your students learn Spanish. YOU are the magic that will allow your students to enjoy the journey. YOU can … Continue reading Is there a magic pill for language learning?
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What are you most excited about using in class this coming year?? What is your plan for helping your students to better communicate in the target language? What resources, ideas, and strategies have you learned about this summer and are dying to implement? Whatever your goals, Teachers Pay Teachers has something for you—and this Wednesday … Continue reading Back to school SALE – Save 25% + FREE news articles in Spanish
Did you know that there are two different ways to make purchases through Teachers Pay Teachers? » Order through an individual account » Order through a TpT for Schools account So what's the difference? And why might it benefit you to purchase through the TpT for Schools platform? Carissa and Leanne from the TpT for … Continue reading Should I use a TpT for Schools account or an individual TpT account to purchase resources?
If we want language to come OUT of our students’ mouths, we must get language IN to their heads. They need INput so that they can produce OUTput. » Input is reading and listening » Output is speaking and writing This is common sense. A learner cannot utter an expression in a new language if … Continue reading How to teach such that they understand
For some of us, change happens fast. We take in information, make a decision, and take action immediately. For others of us, change happens slowly. We take in information, wrestle with it, take an action step, take a step back, take in more information, wrestle some more, take a few action steps, take a step … Continue reading Dip your toes in CI: Get moving with TPR
If you are at a conference this summer and you have Twitter and you want to use it, send out as many SWEET TWEETS as you can! Sweet tweets: Not sweet as in the opposite of sassy; sweet as in...awesome. So...what makes a conference tweet sweet? CONFERENCE HASHTAG Use the conference hashtag (#xxxx)! Make … Continue reading Conferencing this summer? Make your Tweets Sweet