Category Archives: Discussion/Methodology

Most Talked About

We thought we’d take the time to share some of our most provoking posts; ones that lead to some good discussions. We’d love for you to continue the discussions. We all learn when we share our perspectives. Click on each … Continue reading

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6 Places to Connect with Spanish Teachers

Imagine a staff lounge full of like-minded Spanish teachers with whom you could discuss best practices, talk about lesson ideas, collaborate on projects, and more. Well, that place does exist, you just have to broaden your definition of lounge. So … Continue reading

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Why I hate Pobre Ana

Ok, this post may be a bit controversial. But I’m hoping we can have an honest and open discussion here about a very popular teaching resource. I know many schools use the Pobre Ana series (Patricia va a California, Ana … Continue reading

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Starting at the End

If you are a language teacher, then you know the best night of the week is Thursday evening. This is when some of the best world language teachers come together to collaborative and improve themselves as educators. You don’t even … Continue reading

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Effective WL Instructors…

Every teacher wants to be the best they can be for their students. While there are many attributes that can make a great teacher we can also observe some behaviors and routines that are in a great world language teacher’s … Continue reading

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Ditching the verb chart

A great blog post from French teacher @CecileLaine on changing your teaching strategies from verb charts and grammar based teaching to comprehensible input which will lead to performance based assessments where students actually use the language to communicate. By teaching … Continue reading

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Proficiency Based Exam

After finishing our recent unit and taking the proficiency-based assessment, I gave the students a short google survey to gather some feedback. I think it is important to give students a voice in their learning and let them know you … Continue reading

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Authentic input versus grammar drills

With lots and lots of input, they got most parts of the verb without ever having to put it in a verb chart. I never assessed them on what part of the verb they knew (such as a “fill in … Continue reading

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Silencing the Talking Taco

I happened to take a look at some of the products a popular Spanish-teacher catalog was promoting. As someone who enjoys not only the language, but the culture of the Spanish-speaking world I was embarrassed by what I have seen … Continue reading

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Language Acquisition

During my time on Twitter, I’ve ‘favorited’ some great tweets. And when I remember to go and read them, some are still very inspirational. The following tweets are great quotes on Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Teaching Methods.     … Continue reading

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