Language teachers can use these comprehension supports (1) to help a learner understand a message and the individual words and phrases that we use to communicate it, (2) to determine whether or not an individual is understanding a message, and (3) to make adjustments to the message accordingly. #TPRS #CI

How to teach such that they understand

If we want language to come OUT of our students’ mouths, we must get language IN to their heads. They need INput so that they can produce OUTput. » Input is reading and listening » Output is speaking and writing This is common sense. A learner cannot utter an expression in a new language if … Continue reading How to teach such that they understand

What is March Music Madness? Many teachers share how they implement this fun activity and why in their world language classes each Spring!

March Music Madness: Advice from the experts

Have you heard whisperings of March Music Madness, but aren't quite sure what it is or how to implement it? You have come to the right place! While I left the classroom before I learned about March Music Madness (MMM), I am a huge fan and will absolutely implement when I return to the classroom. This tournament-style … Continue reading March Music Madness: Advice from the experts

Dip your toes in CI: Ask a question

It's a new school year and you, dear language teacher, are ready for a new YOU! You have heard about comprehensible input centered instruction, you perhaps attended a workshop or six over the summer...maybe you have even given CI instruction a go in the past! Whatever your background looks like, you have decided that 2017 … Continue reading Dip your toes in CI: Ask a question

There’s comprehensible input, and then there’s….comprehensible input.

My first day of teaching in a public school, I planned the coolest lesson ever. Having committed to teaching 100% in the target language, my objective for the first class was to show my students that YES—they can understand me when I speak in Spanish, even when they don’t yet speak any! I wanted them … Continue reading There’s comprehensible input, and then there’s….comprehensible input.

BreakoutEDU & 2016 Christmas Lottery commercial

Have you ever gone to a session at a conference and been SO EXCITED about whatever you learned that you don't eat, don't sleep, don't shower, and ignore everyone that you care about until you finally get the chance to try it out? No? That's just a Martina thing? Shoot. Well this last summer, everyone … Continue reading BreakoutEDU & 2016 Christmas Lottery commercial

MovieTalk + TPRS® = Magic

MovieTalk has quickly become a favorite strategy for providing comprehensible input to language learners since Michele Whaley brought it to the TCI world in 2012. Developed by Dr. Ashley Hastings as the listening module for the Focal Skills ESL program, MovieTalk is an incredibly effective activity because it provides loads of comprehensible input to students. I just … Continue reading MovieTalk + TPRS® = Magic

How should I use novels in class?

As a teacher that has committed to teaching with comprehensible input based strategies like TPRS®, PQA, MovieTalk and Embedded Reading (to name just a few), you are probably aware of the incredible impact that reading has on language acquisition. For this reason, you have likely also determined that you would like to use novels in your courses...but … Continue reading How should I use novels in class?

Comprehensible Input is The One Thing

If you could make your job easier...wouldn't you? If you could make your students learn better, acquire faster, go further....wouldn't you? A few years back, Gary Keller and Jay Papasan wrote a book about productivity and success entitled The One Thing. As the wife of a Keller-Williams Realtor, I have spent countless date nights and … Continue reading Comprehensible Input is The One Thing

How can I use news stories in class?

Lots of news stories around here, lately! Whether you have subscribed to EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS, plan to subscribe next year, or are using the free articles about the Ecuador earthquake, Gianina's fundraiser "Art for Ecuador", or the tragic death of Dayko, you are probably wondering what to do with all of these current … Continue reading How can I use news stories in class?

10 CI Activities for when you just can’t

Do you ever just need a day? You look at your lesson plans and think, “I…just…can’t”? A few days ago, I had a day. I got some news that knocked me out emotionally, and since I was 39 1/2 weeks pregnant (now 40 weeks pregnant...come on girl!....)…I just needed a day. I’m not teaching, but I had my three … Continue reading 10 CI Activities for when you just can’t