Tonight, I am sad for my country. The events that transpired this past weekend in Charlottesville are not unique. As language teachers, we are about communication. We are about comprehension. We are about connection. We are about community. Let's also be about change. I've been reading a lot of posts about what teachers are doing … Continue reading Peace begins with you – PPT for Spanish classes
Whether you are planning to use the SOMOS 1 or 2 Spanish curriculum for the first time this fall or have been working with it for several years already, I hope that this post will answer most of the 'big' questions that you have as you are planning for the upcoming school year. For everything … Continue reading SOMOS Curriculum: Frequently Asked Questions
I met Jon Cowart for the first time at iFLT 2014 in Denver, and his passion for teaching kids in urban, low-income settings was apparent from our first conversation. He has been committed to using language teaching as a way to connect with and empower his students. Specifically, he uses comprehensible input strategies to empower his … Continue reading Teaching languages in Urban schools – Guest post!
I taught Spanish 1 and 2 for 3 years after switching to TCI, and here is what I ended up creating--keep in mind that this is just what I did, and even if you are using my curriculum, you are free to do it differently than I did! Use the curriculum maps provided below to determine what … Continue reading What to teach in Spanish 1 and 2?
If I didn’t know that my last post would open a can of worms, I should have! In this instance, though, I am quite glad that it did. I realized that I had a lot of misunderstandings and was making a lot of unfair assumptions. Thank you to everyone that has been helping me learn through … Continue reading Task or Text: the aftermath
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about curriculum. Six years ago, I started posting the curriculum units that I had created for my own, personal classroom use so that other teachers could use them, too. At first, I was just posting isolated activities and lesson plan outlines, and I eventually started formatting them and explaining activities … Continue reading Task or Text: which is best?
I will be developing new and improved final exams that work with my Spanish 1 and 2 curricula. To do this well, I need feedback from teachers that are using the curricula! I want to make sure that the finals assess material from units that most teachers will have completed by the end of the … Continue reading Final exams questionnaire
So you want to build a class library, eh? Where to begin?? Beyond leveled readers and children's books, what are other teachers filling their class libraries with? This question keeps popping up in various online forums, and so I think it is high time that we put together a collaborative database that teachers can reference … Continue reading Class library suggestions
If you are or are striving to become a TCI teacher and are using a textbook, you are not alone! There are scores of master TCI teachers that, for need or want, still work from a textbook. My favorite story is that Mira Canion knows Realidades so well that you can tell her any word … Continue reading Comprehensifying Realidades 2
The second to last session that I attended at ACTFL 2015 was with Amy Lenord. Amy has written fairly extensively on her blog about why and how she has moved away from giving traditional vocabulary lists to her students. As I was busy covering the session on Twitter (search Twitter for #unlistvocab #actfl15 for my … Continue reading What is a target structure?