On the eighth night of Hanukkah…

It's been a fun Hanukkah, hasn't it? I have so enjoyed reading through the comments and posts that you have made during this last week, and I will be sifting through the resources that you added to the target structure database, the MovieTalk database, and the authentic resource database (you have 8 hours left to enter … Continue reading On the eighth night of Hanukkah…

On the seventh night of Hanukkah…

Warning: you will have to work for this one! If you've been following me for a minute, you know that I have a love/hate relationship with #authres (authentic resources). Mostly, I love them...but I hate how they are often used and suggested/enforced to be used in low level classes. Authentic resources are only as valuable as … Continue reading On the seventh night of Hanukkah…

On the sixth night of Hanukkah…

When I walked into Michele Whaley's Russian classroom in the spring of 2010, I had no idea that I was about to meet a teacher that would forever change my life. Michele has had a profound impact on my personal development as an educator, as she introduced me to TPRS and has continued to mentor me through … Continue reading On the sixth night of Hanukkah…

On the fifth night of Hanukkah…

My love affair with Textivate began over three years ago. You can read about it in my blog archives, or you could hop over to the iFLT/NTPRS/ CI Teaching group on Facebook, or the MoreTPRS listserv, or Cynthia "The Queen of Web 2.0 Tool Reviews" Hitz' blog to read about how other TPRS®/CI teachers are using this excellent resource to … Continue reading On the fifth night of Hanukkah…

On the fourth night of Hanukkah…

When you are in the weeds with 175 students creating papers for you to grade and issues for you to address, and you have just 45 minutes of planning time every day...well, something's gotta give. Or maybe you have a delightful workload but are still figuring out this thing they call TCI and you have no … Continue reading On the fourth night of Hanukkah…

On the third night of Hanukkah…

Tonight's giveaway is truly for ANYONE! If you've spent any amount of time studying language acquisition (first or second), you know that recreational reading helps learners of all ages to develop their reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Reading--especially recreational reading--is powerful! To that end, I would love to help you learn more about the power of reading and … Continue reading On the third night of Hanukkah…

On the second night of Hanukkah…

I am REALLY excited about this giveaway because I love games and I love comprehensible input! Tonight's giveaway is a deck of VERBA cards. VERBA is a card game that, in layman's terms, is Apples to Apples that provides Comprehensible Input. In their hands, students hold high frequency cognate nouns in their hands. Instead of matching the cards in their … Continue reading On the second night of Hanukkah…

On the first night of Hanukkah…

Giveaway night 1: The Big CI Book by Ben Slavic! The Big CI Book is "A Step by Step Survival Guide for Foreign Language Teachers. At 400 pages, it vastly expands on the skills and strategies we currently have available to us in TPRS/CI instruction...[it] describes in detail twenty-seven strategies [and] fifteen skills. This vastly expanded and new … Continue reading On the first night of Hanukkah…

Eight Nights of Hanukkah {giveaways}…how to win!

Tonight (Sunday night) is the first night of Hanukkah, and therefore the first night of my Eight Nights of Hanukkah giveaways! Here is how this will work: Each evening at 6:00pm EST (2:00pm AKST), I will announce that night's giveaway. I might announce it on this blog, or I might announce it on my Facebook page. Or maybe … Continue reading Eight Nights of Hanukkah {giveaways}…how to win!

Eight days of Hanukkah {giveaways}

I was planning on doing "12 days of Christmas giveaways", but I figured that this would be a great opportunity for me to give a shout out to one of the many other holidays happening at this time of the year.  Just as Christmas steals the spotlight in the US, it does in Spanish speaking … Continue reading Eight days of Hanukkah {giveaways}