How to write comprehensible texts

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

Dip your toes in CI: Ask a question

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

Workshop with Martina Bex July 24-25

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

There’s comprehensible input, and then there’s….comprehensible input.

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.