TPRS® 101, Step Four: Debrief

This is the fourth post in the series "TPRS® 101: Teaching Proficiency is Really Simple". STEP FOUR: DEBRIEF By now, the acronyms TPRS®, CI, and TCI are rolling off your lips without a second thought. You understand the goal of a TPRS® lesson, and you’ve seen one in action. Maybe you used this list to … Continue reading TPRS® 101, Step Four: Debrief

Learning through Comprehensible Input

For the first time since learning about TPRS® and Comprehensible Input, I am not teaching through CI, but learning through CI. I've of course participated as a student in demonstrations and coaching sessions in languages that I don't know, but I've never "studied" a language for an extended period of time. (I say "studied" with quotation marks because I … Continue reading Learning through Comprehensible Input

Una aventura de camping - Free storytelling unit for Spanish 1

Una aventura de camping: FREE UNIT!

I just put the finishing touches on the re-vamped Unit 18 of my Spanish 1 curriculum map. It is based on an adaptation from the second TPRS® story that I ever asked, and it targets the structures "oye algo", "se despierta", "se duerme", and "durante la noche". I use it to prepare my students to view and … Continue reading Una aventura de camping: FREE UNIT!

The Despicable Man Story Script

Oh yeah, crossing another Spanish 1 unit off the list! Well..the story script anyway. I used this story in my Spanish 1 classes several times, but I needed to fix some glitches before posting it. As I was finishing it up, I couldn't help but think how EASY life becomes when you write your curriculum based on … Continue reading The Despicable Man Story Script

Quick comprehension checks that you can use in language classrooms to ensure that students are picking up what you're putting down

Comprehension Checks

Note: Much of my knowledge about comprehension checks has come from Betsy Paskvan, a Japanese teacher here in Anchorage, AK. Betsy has presented many times on checking for comprehension at state and national language conferences (she'll be at NTPRS this summer), and she often travels to other school districts to offer them professional development on comprehension checks … Continue reading Comprehension Checks

El chico ideal story script

This is a script to give targeted practice with -ER/-IR imperfect regular verbs. It was inspired by Crystal Barragán's "La chica ideal" script, which I adapted to target a specific grammatical pattern. TARGET STRUCTURES quería - s/he, I wanted tenía - s/he, I had olía a - s/he, I smelled like ADDITIONAL TARGET PATTERN VERBS comía … Continue reading El chico ideal story script

Los niños prisioneros de Bolivia

Did you know that children in Bolivia can live in jail with their imprisoned parents? How's THAT for a hook?? I am slowly but surely working on filling in the blank places on my Spanish 1 curriculum map. To create my Spanish 1 curriculum, I pulled vocabulary from the novels I wanted to read at … Continue reading Los niños prisioneros de Bolivia