I am EXCITED to announce meeting #2 of our NIFTY NYVTy PLC way up north! If you are a language teacher within driving distance of Burlington, VT, we would love to have you join us on Friday, January 19 at my house! If you are interested in this or future meetings of our PLC, please … Continue reading PLC for language teachers in NY and VT!
Aside from undermining truth in journalism, destroying credibility of major news outlets, empowering the general public with dangerous misinformation, and casting a long shadow of doubt over everything that we hear or read in the news, fake news stories are pretty fantastic! This week, I read a news story about a man who was arrested … Continue reading NOTICIAS FALSAS: BitCoin Scandal article in Spanish!
I love the year-end/new year season in the blogosphere. Many of my favorite bloggers (see sidebar for a list of blogs I read regularly) publish special posts or series of posts that feature their most popular posts from the last year. It's a great time to be reminded of all those ideas that rocked your … Continue reading BEST of 2017
The time between Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break is one of my favorite times of the year in class--it's also one of the hardest because no one has their head in the game! But I LOVE teaching about Christmas traditions from Spanish speaking countries. I love using the commercials for the Spanish Christmas lottery (general … Continue reading How to skip Christmas in Spanish and not be a Grinch
20-30 million people are enslaved in the world TODAY. The average cost of a human being is $5, in one of the largest growing industries in the world. Girls as young as 1 years old have been found being trafficked in brothels around the world. Boys as young a 3 have been enslaved on fishing … Continue reading Dressember: Day 1 – La historia de Ama
I just published the second issue of LITERAL, a free e-zine for Spanish students! Encouraging your students to subscribe to LITERAL is a great opportunity to get them excited about reading outside of class. All stories are written by students (individuals or classes) and edited to maximize comprehensibility. Click on this image to access the … Continue reading LITERAL: December 2017 issue is available for download!
The news is my very favorite source for engaging content for classes. So many teachers reported success with the Correcaca story, so I was very excited when Emily Huff (of Paloma Blanca fame) tagged me on Twitter last week with this story about an elderly woman in Columbus that trained her SIXTY FIVE CATS to steal … Continue reading MUJER ANCIANA ENTRENA PANDILLA DE GATOS CRIMINALES
I did something today that I HATED. I have this new business opportunity that I can’t take on at this point in my life and so I trying to find someone in my life that is interested and willing to run with it. (It’s totally unrelated to language teaching.) I scheduled a bunch of phone … Continue reading On failure
The first issue of Revista LITERAL is now ready for download! More than 50 students submitted stories, and I selected the most comprehensible ones to work with in the magazine. Please click on this image to access the November 2017 issue. Share the link with your students and encourage them to subscribe--remember, the vision is … Continue reading Revista LITERAL is ready!
I'm guessing you've already dipped your toes in CI this year. Perhaps it was by Asking a Question or Reading a text with your students. Maybe you are waiting for me to take you by the hand and lead you down the steps into deeper waters of CI, or maybe you're already swimming on your … Continue reading Dip your toes in CI: Try a MovieTalk