Can you believe that I didn't realize what a glyph was until last year? I mean, I had been using them, I just didn't know what they were called. I kept seeing the word 'glyph' on Pinterest and ignoring it because it sounded like something I wouldn't like. Some kind of a really intense reading … Continue reading Glyphs to express & assess
So #langchat tonight was crazy. We celebrated "Throwback Thursday" by using the old "free-for-all" format in which a topic is given at the beginning, but the conversation is not moderated. #langchat has grown significantly, and while I prefer the free-for-all format to the moderator Q - participant A format, it was clear tonight that there … Continue reading Interpersonal Speaking: Activities and assessments
As you know, NOVELTY in lesson planning is a big deal. When we aren't switching up the content (silly stories, current events, classic literature, pop culture, history...), we're switching up the delivery. We're switching up the task. We're switching up the groups. We're always doing something new because brains crave novelty (gracias, Krashen via Gaab). PQA is … Continue reading Hide and Speak: a twist on class discussion
As an Alaskan, PNCFL is my ‘home’ region, but with Minneapolis just a six-hour direct flight from Anchorage, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend this year’s CSCTFL conference. Paired with a day spent observing Susan Block Johnson and an afternoon QAR session, it was the perfect way to spend this past week. I … Continue reading Comprehensify your textbook readings!
Instead of playing with a deck of cards, play this familiar children’s game with original cards filled with images or text as an opportunity to to get students speaking in low-risk situation even as they continue interacting with a text ('cause it's all about the input, baby!). Before you play Go Fish Prepare students for … Continue reading Play “Go fish!” in language classes
If you've been to a TPRS® training in the last five years (or more), it's likely that you are familiar with the "Freeze Frame" activity. I know that Carol Gaab often lists it as an activity to use when reading novels from TPRS Publishing, and many of my favorite bloggers have shared their versions of … Continue reading Freeze Frame
One common question that I was asked in my sessions at iFLT '14 was, "I thought that our goal is to provide students with comprehensible input...so why do so many of these activities contain output?" Great question! No CI teacher thinks that output is bad. Output is a good thing and one of the end goals for our courses, … Continue reading Output
I am a very bossy person by nature, and unfortunately I didn't realize it until right after I graduated from high school. By the grace of God, I've learned how to tame my nasty natural instincts...although it's not always easy! Being married helps 🙂 I think that this is why the game that I'm about … Continue reading My favorite game EVER!
A fun storytelling game (writing or speaking activity) from Bryan Kandel. Check it out!
I used this activity for the first time as an icebreaker at our MOPS group, and it was so fun! I love using it in class, because it is a great way to give everyone an opportunity to speak without eliminating teacher-guided discussion. So here's what you do: Decide how many groups you want to … Continue reading Collective Interview