Category Archives: Discussion/Methodology

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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Connecting vocabulary to our students

I realized something important this week while going over our unit’s vocabulary. The  vocabulary is “household chores” going along with the House Unit. After the initial vocab introduction, we started talking about what chores my students do. I quickly realized … Continue reading

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Que hora es

Do your students have trouble telling time? Thankfully, my school has digital clocks in each classroom and students have been able to tell me the current time. Last year, I introduced additional clocks in my room to be able to … Continue reading

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Proficiency Based Exam

At the beginning of the school year we undertook a new philosophy of teaching and assessing our students. As we discussed in our Communication Rubric post, our assessments would assess what students are able to produce themselves, instead of what they … Continue reading

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Spanish Notebook

It’s the second day of Spanish class and students are freaking out about their Spanish teacher speaking only Spanish in class. It’s a change for them, as they are not accustomed to being immersed in the language for nearly all … Continue reading

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