I did something today that I HATED. I have this new business opportunity that I can’t take on at this point in my life and so I trying to find someone in my life that is interested and willing to run with it. (It’s totally unrelated to language teaching.) I scheduled a bunch of phone … Continue reading On failure
I'm guessing you've already dipped your toes in CI this year. Perhaps it was by Asking a Question or Reading a text with your students. Maybe you are waiting for me to take you by the hand and lead you down the steps into deeper waters of CI, or maybe you're already swimming on your … Continue reading Dip your toes in CI: Try a MovieTalk
Once I moved away from using the textbook as the center of my curriculum, I was free to bring in all kinds of new texts. Popular songs, novels written for language learners, picture books, short non-fiction readings prepared by me, infographics, edited stories written by my students or co-created by the class, and more. By … Continue reading How to write comprehensible texts
On a recent episode of the Tom Ferry Show, a viewer asked Tom "what makes you happy?" His response was "connecting, contributing, being with my family, and learning". As my husband (who was the one that had watched the show) was recounting to me Tom's answer, we agreed that those four things could really be … Continue reading The secret to happiness
It's a new school year and you, dear language teacher, are ready for a new YOU! You have heard about comprehensible input centered instruction, you perhaps attended a workshop or six over the summer...maybe you have even given CI instruction a go in the past! Whatever your background looks like, you have decided that 2017 … Continue reading Dip your toes in CI: Ask a question
Calling all North-easterners! I am offering a two-day workshop in upstate NY on July 24 and 25. Over the course of the two days, I will present a brief overview and demonstration of TPRS® along with a range of CI strategies and ideas for how to incorporate CI-centric lessons into your existing curriculum. This workshop … Continue reading Workshop with Martina Bex July 24-25
For the last several years, I have participated in an annual event at a local college. I have used more or less the same lesson plan each year, and you can read through it in detail and download the materials that I use for it here. This year, I had taught two 55 minute classes. In … Continue reading Watch me ask a TPRS® story
My first day of teaching in a public school, I planned the coolest lesson ever. Having committed to teaching 100% in the target language, my objective for the first class was to show my students that YES—they can understand me when I speak in Spanish, even when they don’t yet speak any! I wanted them … Continue reading There’s comprehensible input, and then there’s….comprehensible input.
I have a message! It is 11:52pm and I just finished writing it! It is a super special message because it is IN FRENCH and I WROTE IT ALL BY MYSELF! Right now! I just wrote it! Me! In French! It surely has lots of little mistakes but I am confident that you will be … Continue reading I CAN SPEAK FRENCH ::and your students can too::
Hi guys. Martina here. I am writing this post because I AM REALLY MAD! I have about 2 hours of time that I can squeak out of my days (meaning, my days and nights...2 out of every 24 hours...) to work on the computer. Would you like to know how I spent that time today? … Continue reading Martina Bex is really mad!!!