Blast to the Past: Addressing AP Themes using Past Tense narrative

 You’ve ditched your textbook and committed to comprehension based methods of teaching. You’re looking at a blank lesson plan book and....you’re stuck. TPRS? CI? SLA? CBM? T1? T2?  How will you ever fill an entire year with lesson plans when you are still trying to keep all the acronyms straight? There are SO MANY teachers … Continue reading Blast to the Past: Addressing AP Themes using Past Tense narrative

Digital readings for students & giveaway winners!

Guess what?! You know how you wrote all those super comprehensible mini-stories last week in order to enter the book giveaway? Well...I've turned them into a little digital reading activity for you to share with your students. So even if you aren't one of the big winners, you still win because you can put some … Continue reading Digital readings for students & giveaway winners!

Shop to win a class set of novels and save 25% on language teaching resources!

Can you believe that it is already time to think about going back to school this fall? Part of the back to school stress is due to having SO. MUCH. TO. THINK. ABOUT. Whether you spent your summer at conferences or took the entire summer off to just rest and enjoy your family, reality is … Continue reading Shop to win a class set of novels and save 25% on language teaching resources!

Paloma Blanca submissions: Watch and vote!!

The class videos are in and they.are.AMAZING! I don't even have words to describe the...umm...yeah I can't even think of a good adjective for them. 18 classes ended up submitting videos for the Paloma Blanca music video competition, and I could not be more happily horrified with the results.   It took me a few days … Continue reading Paloma Blanca submissions: Watch and vote!!

Giveaway: Books from Teacher’s Discovery

After four decades of research in the area of second language acquisition, it is clear that language is acquired not from practice (drills), but from consistent and constant exposure to input. Input is indispensable to language acquisition--meaning that language cannot be acquired without it. This idea of the indispensability of input was largely  absent from my language … Continue reading Giveaway: Books from Teacher’s Discovery

Paloma blanca – free song activity in Spanish (and a chance to win!)

Last week, I happened to look up the music video for the song "Enamórate" by DVicio. I like the song okay, but the music video leaves much to be desired. I shared my thoughts about it on Facebook. The next day, Jody Noble seriously one-upped me. She shared this music video and tagged me in the … Continue reading Paloma blanca – free song activity in Spanish (and a chance to win!)

$150 in novels or supplies for…???

Guys! Almost 500 people took the pledge to uphold copyright law and to hold their colleagues to the same standard. 2 people pledged to break copyright, but I have a feeling that their responses were mis-clicks and not purposeful...especially since both are readers that I know through the SOMOS Curriculum Collaboration group and don't appear to … Continue reading $150 in novels or supplies for…???

Martina Bex is getting even!!!!

Ugh, Martina, seriously, enough with the blog post titles written in third person!! So annoying! Almost as annoying as WASTING MY LIFE TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO TAKE DOWN MY COPYRIGHTED DOCUMENTS FROM PUBLIC WEBSITES!!   Thanks to all of my super sleuth friends that have been sending me more....and more...and more...and more...links to my … Continue reading Martina Bex is getting even!!!!

Celebrate {inter}National TPRS® Day!: Save 20%

Today is the most exciting day of the year for anyone whose teaching or learning has been touched by TPRS®! It is {inter}National TPRS® Day! ...not yet an official holiday, but it should be! Today is Blaine Ray's birthday, and what better day to celebrate the JOY that we have found through his creation, TPRS®! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jczglmpEvSE Like any child, … Continue reading Celebrate {inter}National TPRS® Day!: Save 20%

Who is going to iFLT16?

Hundreds of teachers entered, but only ONE emerged victorious. iFLT 2016 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, promises to be an incredible conference experience. With both Stephen Krashen AND Bill VanPatten in attendance, it might as well be considered a crash course in second language acquisition research and theory! Combine their presentations with a full four-day schedule of workshops … Continue reading Who is going to iFLT16?