Comprehensible input is critical for language acquisition. As language teachers, we must find ways to provide our students with input! But how do we GIVE input without LOSING our voice?

Give students input, keep your voice.

“I love CI. But I have 7 large classes a day. My voice begins to give out by my 4th period. What can I do?” Señora Spicer emailed in this question to the We Teach Languages podcast after listening to me chat with Stacey about how to write comprehensible texts on Episode 56 (click here to … Continue reading Give students input, keep your voice.

Join Martina Bex at Express Fluency language teacher training in Burlington, VT this summer!

Language teacher training in Vermont, August 2018

I am thrilled to be participating in this year's Express Fluency Language Teacher training in South Burlington, Vermont this summer, and I hope you will join me! Like iFLT, NTPRS, and Comprehensible Cascadia, Express Fluency offers this annual summer training for language teachers that are looking to learn how to help their students understand the language that … Continue reading Language teacher training in Vermont, August 2018

Need help writing a résumé for your next world language teaching job? This post includes some general tips as well as specific ideas for describing what you do in your current position.

Hey, teacher–need help with your résumé?

You are a great teacher. You are learning and growing, you are connecting with your students, you are an expert in your content area, and you are a team player. You are an ideal candidate--but are you able to communicate that effectively on your résumé? You probably know that I love writing lessons, but do you know … Continue reading Hey, teacher–need help with your résumé?

Paul Toth, Associate Professor at Temple University, joins a conversation about "What is Grammar Instruction?" and its role in the L2 classroom.

What is Grammar Instruction?

What is grammar instruction? What does it do for language acquisition, and what should its role be in a language classroom? These are some of the questions that a group of enthusiastic language teachers tackled on Friday evening at OFLA with Keynote speaker, Paul Toth (read his bio here). Following Carol Gaab's address at the OFLA awards group, … Continue reading What is Grammar Instruction?

If you are a teacher that is learning and growing and excited to share your knowledge with other teachers, attend this 5-day retreat to become a more effective teacher-trainer

Workshop for world language teacher trainers!

The thing about teachers is that we can't help but teach. Nothing we learn can be kept to ourselves! We spent many years learning our content, and we are excited about it and love having the opportunity to share it with our students. Learn a parenting tip? Blab it to all the parents you know--and don't let … Continue reading Workshop for world language teacher trainers!

$17 for 50 online sessions at the Language Learning Summit 2018

$17 Online Professional Development–available NOW!

  Stop what you are doing and READ THIS NOW! I can't believe that I haven't posted about it yet (face palm). Paulino Brenner (@paulinobrener) has put together an INCREDIBLE online conference--and it began on Sunday! From February 11-24, you can tune in for LIVE and recorded talks on the topic of language teaching and … Continue reading $17 Online Professional Development–available NOW!

Somos cuentos // We are stories

I started a new thing yesterday, since I have a thing for new things. I started a collaborative story series on Instagram! Well, first I joined Instagram. Then I realized that there is a whole Instagram culture that I don't understand at all. Then my kids woke up and wanted to draw, so we grabbed … Continue reading Somos cuentos // We are stories

There is no substitute for stories. Waaaaay back in October, I had the great pleasure of attending TCI Maine, New England, and Beyond (I'll be there this October, too--come join me!). One of the reasons that I was particularly excited about this conference was because Anne Matava was going to be presenting. Anne Matava--aka the inventor/author of Matava scripts (she has published three volumes … Continue reading There is no substitute for stories.

PLC for language teachers in NY and VT!

I am EXCITED to announce meeting #2 of our NIFTY NYVTy PLC way up north! If you are a language teacher within driving distance of Burlington, VT, we would love to have you join us on Friday, January 19 at my house! If you are interested in this or future meetings of our PLC, please … Continue reading PLC for language teachers in NY and VT!