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]!
Yippee Yay! Dana Wilson emailed me most of the French translations of my Spanish question word posters earlier this week, and Catherine Ousselin (@CatherineKU72) helped me out with a few more! Mercy beau coup! Click on the image to download the file. What else is new for the 2015 school year? Check out these recently … Continue reading Question word posters en français and new additions
Here are five great Cinco de Mayo resources that I've found around the Web. Coming off of a lively #authres conversation during #langchat (that I read post-facto), I want to clarify what makes a 'great resource' in my mind: A great resource is interesting [or it can be made interesting] That's it. If it's interesting, I'll find a way to … Continue reading Cinco for El Cinco
Happy 2015, friends! We celebrated in the car on the way home from a New Year's party, since the kids made it to 11:30 but would not last one minute longer. Maybe next year! For now, my New Year's resolution is to sit down with my husband and make family resolutions for the year. I'm hoping that life will continue … Continue reading ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
Christmas is a major holiday in many cultures, and Spanish-speaking countries are no exception. I have developed and shared several resources over the years that work well in Spanish classes: Here is a link to a post that contains My favorite Christmas songs, with lyrics and links to videos. This is a Spanish-language reading (suitable for … Continue reading Christmas activities
Oh, yes--you read that correctly! Looking for a thrilling way to celebrate El Día de los Muertos in your Spanish classes? Why not play a round of STRIP BINGO?! It's not what you think. Click here to read how to play the game. Once you've seen that it is, in fact, a completely appropriate game to … Continue reading El Día de los Muertos – STRIP BINGO!
We had a great Alaskans for Language Acquisition (AFLA) conference last weekend in Seward! The only bummer was that Cynthia Hitz didn't join us this year 🙁 Michele (the Alaska Language Teacher of the Year!) has already blogged about it, and you can read her post here. I have found it nearly impossible to carve … Continue reading Global Competency: Refining Hypotheses
My favorite session from iFLT 2014 (of the ones that I taught, anyway) was my session about planning units that introduce a set of target structures and then use them to teach a cultural topic to students. This was my favorite session because the creation of vocabulary-driven cultural units have had a greater impact on my … Continue reading Unit planning for TCI courses
I love this idea from Jenny Robbins, a Spanish teacher that used some of my Cinco de Mayo resources to teach her students the REAL history behind the infamous holiday! After learning about the holiday in Spanish, her students took to the school sidewalks with chalk, on a mission to inform their non-Spanish student classmates about the historical … Continue reading “Holiday Awareness” Idea!
I'm always trying to think of new song, story, and video-based activities that I can use that don't require me to prepare a specific worksheet or slide for that resource. Ready-to-go activities are great, because you can make class sets of the worksheet ahead of time and leave them in a file in your cabinet. When you find a resource that … Continue reading Five Senses Video Notes