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

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

A collection of the BEST brain breaks for any age, any class!!!

Best Brain Breaks

Reading and listening are the core components of comprehension based language classes. We know that students acquire language when they hear and read messages that they understand--so read and listen they will! Sometimes, we share short, easily digestible texts with students. Other times, we need to read a text of a significant length in order … Continue reading Best Brain Breaks

Peace begins with you – PPT for Spanish classes

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

SOMOS Curriculum: Frequently Asked Questions

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

Teaching languages in Urban schools – Guest post!

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!

Task or Text: which is best?

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?