What is a target structure?

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?

Comprehensify-ing #authres

So you want to use authentic resources in your language class. Where do you start? CHOOSE A RESOURCE THAT YOU CAN HELP STUDENTS UNDERSTAND. This interview is incomprehensible for a Novice. There is just way too much language! The time and frustration that it would take them to sort through it all to find answers … Continue reading Comprehensify-ing #authres

TPRS® 101, Step Four: Debrief

This is the fourth post in the series "TPRS® 101: Teaching Proficiency is Really Simple". STEP FOUR: DEBRIEF By now, the acronyms TPRS®, CI, and TCI are rolling off your lips without a second thought. You understand the goal of a TPRS® lesson, and you’ve seen one in action. Maybe you used this list to … Continue reading TPRS® 101, Step Four: Debrief

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!

TPRS® 101, Step 2: Understand the goal of a TPRS®/CI lesson

This is the second post in the series "TPRS® 101: Teaching Proficiency is Really Simple". Click here to read other posts in the series. STEP TWO: UNDERSTAND THE GOAL Once you have deciphered the acronyms ‘TPRS®’, ‘CI’, and ‘TCI’, the only thing that I’d recommend doing before heading off to watch a teacher demonstrate a … Continue reading TPRS® 101, Step 2: Understand the goal of a TPRS®/CI lesson

TPRS® 101: Teaching Proficiency is Really Simple

In the past few weeks, I have been flooded with emails from readers that have just read about TPRS® and TCI for the first time on my blog. I am THRILLED. I have always written this blog for teachers that already use TPRS® and other Comprehensible Input strategies in their classes, and it never occured … Continue reading TPRS® 101: Teaching Proficiency is Really Simple

What’s the best way to purchase all of your curriculum units?

I keep getting asked why I don't sell all of my units for any given level in a bundle on TpT so that it would be easier to find and purchase them. Here are some reasons: My curriculum is not complete. I have almost everything that I taught in Spanish 1 on TpT, but some … Continue reading What’s the best way to purchase all of your curriculum units?

Paperless hoarding

My husband's real estate business is completely paperless (you can check it out here--it's awesome), and he is constantly harassing--I mean encouraging--me to become a paperless teacher. Ha! I mean, seriously. I was just down in our "dungeon" (most people would call it a crawlspace), where all of my teacher materials are stored, and I think … Continue reading Paperless hoarding

QAR en français!

Thanks to Samantha Uebel, who sent me French translations for my QAR materials, all of you French teachers out there can rest easy knowing that you can pop into class tomorrow and try out QAR without having to do the grunt work of translating everything for yourselves!! Yippee! Click here to download the materials in French, … Continue reading QAR en français!

QAR Strategies for Differentiating Questions

If you attended my workshop on QAR Strategies for Differentiating Questions at iFLT this past summer or its condensed counterpart at AFLA just a few weekends ago, you will be happy to see this post! If you didn't, I hope that you will be happy to have found it once you've read through it. QAR (Question-Answer Relationships) … Continue reading QAR Strategies for Differentiating Questions