If you've been to a TPRS® training in the last five years (or more), it's likely that you are familiar with the "Freeze Frame" activity. I know that Carol Gaab often lists it as an activity to use when reading novels from TPRS Publishing, and many of my favorite bloggers have shared their versions of … Continue reading Freeze Frame
My sister in law is a lot trendier than I am. She finds nifty projects on Pinterest all the time and actually does them. Who does that? Last Christmas, she introduced me to Smash Books. She had recently moved to Maryland to take a job teaching English, and she was showing me the beginnings of her Smash Book … Continue reading Smash Doodle
I recently finished reading Problemas en Paraíso by Carol Gaab for the first time, and I must say that I love it! (It is available in French, too.) Mystery/adventure has always been my genre of choice, and so this novel that centers on the kidnapping of an American teacher while on vacation with her son … Continue reading Problemas en Paraíso
A great reading activity shared by Maris Hawkins!
If you aren't familiar with Mira Canion, you should be! She has written many novels that are available either through TPRS Publishing or on Mira's website. I had the pleasure of spending an evening with Mira at ACTFL last year in Orlando after attending her session, and she is as brilliant as her novels are excellent! (She'll be at … Continue reading Fiesta Fatal by Mira Canion – Chapter 1
Have you ever made a time capsule? I never made one intentionally, but there was this small space between my classroom cabinets and the wall that I was not aware of until student projects started disappearing from on top of the cabinets...I tried everything to pull them back out of that 8' deep hole, but … Continue reading Time Capsule Predictions
"Odd one out" is a fun game commonly played by language teachers, whether first or second+. You may have played it under a different name, or without naming it at all! The basic concept is that students are given a list of three to four items, and they must identify the "odd one out"--the item that … Continue reading Odd one out / Un sapo de otro pozo
If you've not yet read this article about how Carrie Toth found inspiration for her novel La Calaca Alegre while on a BrightSpark Fiesta tour, you absolutely must!! The novel is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!! I could not put it down while I was lesson planning!!!!
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
Spanish teachers can never have enough soccer songs, can we? Soccer is such an important part of the culture in Spanish-speaking countries that it tends to come up in at least a small way in many texts that we teach. I love this soccer song because the language is, overall, quite accessible to novice and … Continue reading Sube la mano y grita sol – David Bisbal