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

Movietalk is a powerful strategy that uses high interest films as a source of linguistic input for acquisition. One of the easiest and most fun strategies you can use to teach in the target language!

MovieTalk: Interpretive Listening Magic!

Looking for ways to spend more class time using the target language? You need MovieTalk! Last week, I joined World Languages Tech guru Rachel Lucas for a LIVE on her Facebook page to share how this easy activity has empowered thousands of teachers to confidently fill class time with rich target language. Click here to … Continue reading MovieTalk: Interpretive Listening Magic!

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!)

The Janitor Story — MovieTalk and more!

Isn't it fun when a great video pops into your newsfeed? I remember seeing The Janitor Story before, but I had forgotten the ending when one of my mom friends shared it over the weekend! Without my 'real' computer (my 5yo killed it with a kombucha spill) and unable to work on any ongoing projects, … Continue reading The Janitor Story — MovieTalk and more!

MovieTalk + TPRS® = Magic

MovieTalk has quickly become a favorite strategy for providing comprehensible input to language learners since Michele Whaley brought it to the TCI world in 2012. Developed by Dr. Ashley Hastings as the listening module for the Focal Skills ESL program, MovieTalk is an incredibly effective activity because it provides loads of comprehensible input to students. I just … Continue reading MovieTalk + TPRS® = Magic

Anuncio para la Lotería de Navidad 2015: {free} resource pack!

I just couldn't wait. I love the 2015 commercial so much! I have spent the whole afternoon crying in front of my computer as I watch and re-watch it (probably in part due to pregnancy; but who could say for certain). I put together a resource pack with readings and some extension activities that you can … Continue reading Anuncio para la Lotería de Navidad 2015: {free} resource pack!

The Spanish Christmas Lottery: 2015 Commercial

This year's official commercial for the Spanish Christmas Lottery was released early this morning. Kent House shared it on the iFLT/NTPRS/CI Teaching group on Facebook and oh, I am so glad that he did! These commercials make me cry every year. Instead of luck and fortune and indulgence, each year they uphold the values of generosity … Continue reading The Spanish Christmas Lottery: 2015 Commercial