Tag Archives: speaking

Making a Fortune Teller

Most of us remember these from our childhood. But how many of us remember what they are called. I asked my facebook followers what names they used for this in English or Spanish. Here’s what we got:

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Prounciation Assessment

Last week, we wrote about how to get our students to improve their pronunciation. And as promised, here is our example script with sample audio by a native speaker. We decided to take excerpts from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in … Continue reading

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Improving Pronunciation

Using Google Voice I have made it a goal to assess my students’ pronunciation once every trimester. Students like the activity, and numerous parents have told me at conferences they love the assignment as well, and love listening to their … Continue reading

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Language Lab Activity

For those of you who have language labs in your building, this post may not be very enlightening. For those of us that teach in a building without such luxuries, we too can incorporate similar assessments and practice with other … Continue reading

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Dragon Dictation

The app Dragon Dictation is an interesting app for students to practice their pronunciation. I give student a script to read from and they record themselves to see how well the computer can understand their accent. First, make sure you … Continue reading

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Speaking and Writing Rubrics

In our last post, we offered a short communication rubric to give to students or hang up in your classroom to motivate students to work at a higher proficiency level. Today, we are posting our Writing and Speaking rubric that … Continue reading

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Adding some culture to info-gaps

We all use info-gap activities with our Spanish students to engage them in the foreign language. These are the activities where they must ask their partner for missing information and likewise, respond to their partner’s questions. Some texts books have … Continue reading

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Sticking to Spanish

One of the biggest struggles when you have a class of 20-30 students is to engage them in speaking the language. While obviously it would be nice to converse with them one-on-one or pair them up with a native speaker, … Continue reading

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25,000 Celebration Sale

Thank you everyone for your support! By Friday we will be at 25,000 web views since we started this blog less than 9 months ago. We would like to thank everyone for their support of the site and their participation … Continue reading

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Listening Activities and native speakers

Someone passed along this website to me and it is a great tool for all foreign language teachers. RhinoSpike is an online language learning community tool that lets users around the globe connect and exchange foreign language audio files. Get … Continue reading

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