I teach grammar.

Grammar. You just cringed; didn’t you?! I knew it. Golly there seems to be a lot of discord in the virtual realm lately—lots of professional disagreement about many different aspects of language teaching; but nothing that seems to bring out the war cries like a good old-fashioned mention of grammar. As Justo Lamas croons in … Continue reading I teach grammar.

Help! My students don’t get [x]!

We've all said it at some point: "HELP! My students don't get [when to use ser or estar][how to form the subjunctive][the difference between "I have" and "you have" in Spanish]! What should I do???" We run to our fellow department members (if we are fortunate enough to have any) or turn to our PLC for … Continue reading Help! My students don’t get [x]!

What to do when they miss class?

Because we know that students acquire language through comprehensible input, finding make-up work for students that miss class that actually helps them to make up what was missed is a HUGE challenge. I'm going to share some things that I have done, and I ask that you would add what you've done in the comments!! The most important … Continue reading What to do when they miss class?

First we learn to listen

I just read Sandy Cutshall's article "Groundbreaking Study from ACTFL Measures Listening and Reading--Expands Understanding of Interpretive Skills" from the most recent issue of The Language Educator. Yes, I know...it's been out for awhile. It takes a minute to get here to Alaska and then there's the fact that I never check my mail...so yes, just reading it … Continue reading First we learn to listen

TCI Training Video available online!

If you missed the live EPC Show #15 this afternoon, have no fear! You can still access the content and engage with the presenters. View the hour-long iFLT15 preview on YouTube (click here), or check out its Google Plus event page to watch the archived show and read through the during and after-show Q&A (click here). … Continue reading TCI Training Video available online!

Save 30 percent at The Comprehensible Classroom

Doesn't it just figure. I have been waiting months for TpT to throw a site-wide sale, and I finally gave up last week and threw a sale of my own. Well...today and tomorrow (May 5 and 6), the TpT Teacher Appreciation site sale is ON! The great thing about a site-wide sale is that TeachersPayTeachers gives you an … Continue reading Save 30 percent at The Comprehensible Classroom

TPRS®/CI lessons and activities on sale! Save 20 percent on April 27-28!

I keep waiting for Teachers Pay Teachers to throw a sitewide sale so that I can join in. With no sale on the horizon (to my knowledge), I'm giving up the waiting and throwing a sale of my own. If you have tried out some of my free curriculum units or activities (currently, there are … Continue reading TPRS®/CI lessons and activities on sale! Save 20 percent on April 27-28!

Teaching other verb forms – a reading for Spanish 1!

I need to make an FAQ page. Here is one that came through today: ...I was looking at your website and I was curious if you teach the "nosotros" or "ustedes" forms in Spanish 1. If so, is there a certain unit in which you teach it? Thanks! The answer is, "YES, absolutely!" I don't … Continue reading Teaching other verb forms – a reading for Spanish 1!