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!

CCSS Aligned L2 Reading Comprehension Questions

About two months ago, I wrote a post explaining how second language teachers can use the Common Core Anchor Standards for Reading to give depth to their reading assessments and challenge students to think critically in the target language. Read it here. Understandably, some readers were left wondering what an assessment composed of CCSS Aligned questions … Continue reading CCSS Aligned L2 Reading Comprehension Questions

REALLY assess reading comprehension

Scott Benedict is the king of assessment, so if you have never before pondered accurate assessment, standards-based assessment, etc., you should probably hop on over to his site, Teach for June, and spend the next few weeks there before you come back and finish reading this post. If you have already reached the conclusion that it … Continue reading REALLY assess reading comprehension

Authentic Listening Texts

If you haven't noticed, I've been trying to use more authentic listening texts lately 🙂 Well, I was, until the school year ended. While I was out on maternity leave, my awesome substitute was a native speaker from Puerto Rico. My students were overwhelmed (and discouraged) listening to her speak in Spanish, and became whiney … Continue reading Authentic Listening Texts

El día terrible, horrible, espantoso, horroroso

This activity has several inspirations: Sarah Camblin, the French teacher at my school--her students are using this format to write about the frequency with which they do different activities in each season. Michele/Jenny and the story about waking up on the wrong side of the bed. The book "Alexander y el día terrible, horrible, espantoso, … Continue reading El día terrible, horrible, espantoso, horroroso

Writing Workshop

Being out of the classroom has given me fresh eyes. I've been looking at my students' informal writing over the past few days and have noticed some pretty atrocious error patterns. Time for a writing workshop! Certainly not an innovative activity, but this was needed. I typed up five sentences (in English) to describe what happened … Continue reading Writing Workshop