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!!!
This year’s NECTFL Nominee for ACTFL Teacher of the Year is Katrina Griffin. Katrina is the lead German teacher and World and Classical Languages Department Chair at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland. She has held leadership positions in the Maryland Foreign Language Association (MFLA) and her local chapter of AATG. Her list of involvements in the field … Continue reading Meet Katrina Griffin, NECTFL Nominee for ACTFL Teacher of the Year
On the last morning of iFLT16, I decided to visit the language labs one last time. There were many great sessions that I would have liked to attend, but I figured that I could read about the content of most of them online or interrogate a friend that was able to attend. I wanted to … Continue reading Elementary Spanish with Annabelle Allen
Whether you couldn't get funding for #iFLT16, couldn't fit it in your schedule, or couldn't register before the conference filled up, you will be SO glad to read this news! The #iFLT16 Tuesday morning Keynote with Bill VanPatten and the Tuesday afternoon Roundtable with Stephen Krashen will be LIVE STREAMED! Join us Tues., July 19 at 8:50a.m. … Continue reading Attend #iFLT16 online!