For the second year in a row, I participated in a local "Kids 2 College" program. It's a day when local 5th graders visit the community college and take college classes so that they can see what college is like. The funny thing is that I teach the Spanish classes, and I am not the Spanish professor … Continue reading A simple story for beginning language students
Laura Masci, who teaches Spanish at the elementary level, emailed me to share a few of the ways that she has adapted the 'Dice' unit, and specifically the teaching of the song "Los pollitos dicen" for her young students. Laura just began her TCI journey, and she wrote, "These elementary students are more engaged in the … Continue reading Elementary adaptations: Crafts!
Being a comprehensible input teacher demands that students have opportunities to produce output. Read why here. Once we understand output is not a taboo for a TCI teacher, we can start the search for fun ways to allow students to build productive confidence and competency! "People searches" are one of the fastest, easiest, and lowest-anxiety output … Continue reading Tener (“to have”) people search
Even though the first day of school is now a distant memory, I hope that this post will not go to waste! Perhaps you are about to receive a new group of students in the coming quarter, or perhaps you are already stockpiling ideas for how to do things differently next fall. Either way, I've a treat … Continue reading Storytelling….en français!!
Great news, teachers of Spanish 2! Everyone that has been using my curriculum and wondering when I was going to add slideshows like I have in my Spanish 1 units....that day has arrived! I just added a slideshow for my -AR preterite regular verbs unit, La muchacha y la ardilla, and I'll be adding slideshows for … Continue reading Updates
If you follow The Comprehensible Classroom on Facebook, you may have already seen this video. (If not, visit our Facebook page now and "like" us!") This video is perfect for MovieTalk because the action repeats several times within the video clip. (That's also what I love about the short film Destiny, which I've blogged about before.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK6BUj9iAOU … Continue reading MovieTalk and activities: Amazing Acrobat Thief Kid!
I just put the finishing touches on the re-vamped Unit 18 of my Spanish 1 curriculum map. It is based on an adaptation from the second TPRS® story that I ever asked, and it targets the structures "oye algo", "se despierta", "se duerme", and "durante la noche". I use it to prepare my students to view and … Continue reading Una aventura de camping: FREE UNIT!
I found a pin on Pinterest last night that immediately reminded me of Dave Burgess and his Pirate-like ways! It is a blog post about using crime scenes in language classes from BusyTeacher.org, and I think that it would make the PERFECT first-day-of-classes activity for returning language students. (Click here for other first-week-of school activities for first year … Continue reading Going back to school is a CRIME!
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
Mention Cinco de Mayo around a group of Spanish teachers and you'll probably get a few nasty glares. But why? There is much confusion about this popular celebration--beginning with the fact that it is really only popular in the United States--NOT in Mexico. Most US citizens (including your students) think that it is Mexican Independence … Continue reading Cinco de Mayo