Instead of playing with a deck of cards, play this familiar children’s game with scenes from a film or story as an opportunity to practice output in language classes. For more on the role of output in Comprehensible Input classes, please read this post. INSTRUCTIONS: Prepare students for this output activity by pre-loading them with … Continue reading “Go fish!” to review a story
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!
Last year, I made reference to a Pingu clip that I MovieTalked as an anticipatory set for Chapter 2 of El Nuevo Houdini, but I never posted the clip! Silly me! Thanks, Nancy, for reminding me to put it out there! The episode is about what happens at home when Pingu's parents go out for … Continue reading El Nuevo Houdini, Chapters 1&2
Sa-weet! I've found a good film to use for MovieTalk in my Cierra la puerta unit! Check it out! It provides lots of repetitions of the structures because of the repetitive nature of the plot. It's also great for ordinal numbers and house and home vocab. I've written out the basic Spanish and English scripts … Continue reading Destiny: MovieTalk
Julia used this short to do several MovieTalk demos in French at TPRS gatherings here in Anchorage, and she MovieTalked it to my students in Spanish. It is great to include in any unit about cooking, dating, getting ready/reflexive verbs, or house and home vocab. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ufQ9OUosKE I used it to do a targeted study of … Continue reading Love Recipe
So remember how I mentioned that I have an intern this quarter? Well, she's awesome. It has been SO GREAT to have someone to talk through ideas with. Two brains are better than one, that's for sure! We just finished a killer CI-friendly introduction to -AR preterite verbs (since I am backtracking and trying to … Continue reading La muchacha y la ardilla Script
If you haven't already, now is a great time to use MovieTalk with the music video "A las tres" by los Enanitos. I made a reusable set of the "¿Quién lo dijo o lo hizo?" cards from the Teacher's Guide, along with a set of character names for each set of cards. Students completed the … Continue reading Esperanza Chapter 7
I used Movie Talk to show a videoclip suggested in the Teacher's Guide of Houdini Chapter 5 with my Spanish 2's today. IT WAS AWESOME!! I need to do MovieTalk at least once a week. It took us 35 minutes to talk through a 3 minute clip, including re-watching it straight through at the end. … Continue reading Love, love, LOVE MovieTalk!!
Here the lesson plans that I followed for teaching El Nuevo Houdini, Chapter 5: Introduce vocabulary for the chapter using "Una comida especial". Pre-reading discussion using the questions provided in the Teacher's Guide. I read Chapter 5 aloud to the students, circling and personalizing as we went. Discussed the reading using the questions provided in … Continue reading Houdini Chapter 5
Earlier this week, I was catching up on some blog reading and noticed a pattern...MovieTalk, MovieTalk, MovieTalk! Laurie Clarcq wrote about using MovieTalk with Despereaux on her Embedded Reading blog. Kristin Duncan wrote about using MovieTalk with The Paperman on TPRS Teacher. Bryan Kandel wrote about trying out MovieTalk for the first time with a … Continue reading The Power of a Person