I've used 'Two Truths and a Lie' many times in the past for various activities; usually for grammar related purposes (practicing a particular tense or verb), but this is a TPRS variation that can also Cooperative-Learning friendly! Two Truths and a Lie is an activity in which students develop two statements that are true about … Continue reading ¡Mentiroso!
We had our first Cooperative Learning class meeting last night, and thanks to some high-quality 'Think-Pair-Sharing' with the lovely, hilarious, and supremely talented Ms. Diana Painter, I left with some great ideas about how to use Cooperative Learning structures with TPRS. This was one of her ideas for using the Kagan structure 'Hands-Up, Stand-Up, Pair-Up' … Continue reading Before/After Cooperative Learning
This is another activity that I use to review a story and get more repetitions. I have the students work in partners and use whiteboards to write down their answers, but you can do it however you want. First, give your students the vocabulary for "before" and "after" («antes de» and «después de» in Spanish), if … Continue reading Before and After
This is a great reading activity that will give students experience with 'testing vocabulary' and require them to use higher levels of thinking. You could also use it as a listening activity, but you'd probably want to have done it with a reading first since the immediacy of listening would make it more challenging. Begin … Continue reading Same and Different
I finally remembered to do the awesome activity that Betsy shared at our last monthly TPRS gathering, and it was incredibly successful! Here are the steps that we completed leading up to the re-tell: We created a class story (one class did ¡Siéntate! and another did ¡Saca el boleto!) I typed an abbreviated (bare bones) … Continue reading Story Reps
I learned about QAR in a workshop with Carol Gaab during our 2011 AFLA Conference (thanks, Cara, for reminding me where I heard this!). QAR, or Question-Answer Relationships, is a reading strategy that helps students to learn how to search a text for the answer to a question based on what kind of a question … Continue reading QAR
Betsy Paskvan shared this fantastic activity with our Anchorage PLC last Friday night. (For any of you that haven't heard of Betsy, she the an amazing Japanese teacher in our district that co-taught a Contrastive Grammar session at NTPRS with Susie Gross this past summer.) I love this activity because it is simple and … Continue reading Blind Re-Tell