Dip your toes in CI: Get moving with TPR

For some of us, change happens fast. We take in information, make a decision, and take action immediately. For others of us, change happens slowly. We take in information, wrestle with it, take an action step, take a step back, take in more information, wrestle some more, take a few action steps, take a step … Continue reading Dip your toes in CI: Get moving with TPR

Conferencing this summer? Make your Tweets Sweet

If you are at a conference this summer and you have Twitter and you want to use it, send out as many SWEET TWEETS as you can! Sweet tweets: Not sweet as in the opposite of sassy; sweet as in...awesome. So...what makes a conference tweet sweet?   CONFERENCE HASHTAG Use the conference hashtag (#xxxx)! Make … Continue reading Conferencing this summer? Make your Tweets Sweet

Movietalk is a powerful strategy that uses high interest films as a source of linguistic input for acquisition. One of the easiest and most fun strategies you can use to teach in the target language!

MovieTalk: Interpretive Listening Magic!

Looking for ways to spend more class time using the target language? You need MovieTalk! Last week, I joined World Languages Tech guru Rachel Lucas for a LIVE on her Facebook page to share how this easy activity has empowered thousands of teachers to confidently fill class time with rich target language. Click here to … Continue reading MovieTalk: Interpretive Listening Magic!

Consider these factors when choosing a whole class novel for your language classes!

Are my students ready to read this book?

Once you have determined that a novel is within reach for a student in a Level 1 class, you must determine whether it is readable for your students, now. Mira Canion and I welcome you to Post #2 in our series to help you confidently choose novels to read with your students in the coming … Continue reading Are my students ready to read this book?

Comprehensible input is critical for language acquisition. As language teachers, we must find ways to provide our students with input! But how do we GIVE input without LOSING our voice?

Give students input, keep your voice.

“I love CI. But I have 7 large classes a day. My voice begins to give out by my 4th period. What can I do?” Señora Spicer emailed in this question to the We Teach Languages podcast after listening to me chat with Stacey about how to write comprehensible texts on Episode 56 (click here to … Continue reading Give students input, keep your voice.

Learn how to make weekend chats a weekly routine in your language classes!

10 ways to talk with your students about their weekend

When I first ditched the textbook, Weekend Chats was one of the very first routines that I learned about and started using in class. I was introduced to it by Michele Whaley, and I remember reading about it on Ben Slavic's blog soon thereafter. I used Ben's idea of having students illustrate posters of places … Continue reading 10 ways to talk with your students about their weekend

Join Martina Bex at Express Fluency language teacher training in Burlington, VT this summer!

Language teacher training in Vermont, August 2018

I am thrilled to be participating in this year's Express Fluency Language Teacher training in South Burlington, Vermont this summer, and I hope you will join me! Like iFLT, NTPRS, and Comprehensible Cascadia, Express Fluency offers this annual summer training for language teachers that are looking to learn how to help their students understand the language that … Continue reading Language teacher training in Vermont, August 2018

How can a language teacher know whether or not their students are ready to read a novel in Level 1? What novels are appropriate for Level 1 in Spanish class?

“Is this novel REALLY Level 1?” – Which factors contribute to text complexity?

Ah, requisition season. Thousands of teachers around the country are making plans for next year and laying claim to coveted budget dollars to get the resources that they need for next year’s students. Perhaps you find yourself writing a budget proposal for the coming school year. Perhaps your deadline to submit the budget is...FRIDAY! Perhaps … Continue reading “Is this novel REALLY Level 1?” – Which factors contribute to text complexity?

What to do when you’re done but the school year isn’t

It's May. If you're lucky, you are wrapping up your last week or two of school. If you're on the East Coast, you are staring down another month and a half of classes. Either way--the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you.are.done. Here are ten activities that you can use to carry through … Continue reading What to do when you’re done but the school year isn’t