Create your own deck of cards based on a reading or other text and turn it into a reading activity!

Play “Go fish!” in language classes

Instead of playing with a deck of cards, play this familiar children’s game with original cards filled with images or text as an opportunity to to get students speaking in low-risk situation even as they continue interacting with a text ('cause it's all about the input, baby!). Before you play Go Fish Prepare students for … Continue reading Play “Go fish!” in language classes

MovieTalk and activities: Amazing Acrobat Thief Kid!

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!

Love Recipe

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

La muchacha y la ardilla Script

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

Houdini Chapter 5

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

The Power of a Person

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