Interpersonal Speaking: Activities and assessments

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

Hide and Speak: a twist on class discussion

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

Comprehensify your textbook readings!

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!

“Go fish!” to review a story

Instead of playing with a deck of cards, play this familiar children’s game with scenes from a film or story as an opportunity to practice output in language classes. For more on the role of output in Comprehensible Input classes, please read this post. INSTRUCTIONS: Prepare students for this output activity by pre-loading them with … Continue reading “Go fish!” to review a story