FVR Graphic Novel Giveaway

This Thanksgiving we are thankful for such a supporting PLN and the amount that we have professionally grown thanks to all the ideas that you all share through blogs, conferences, and twitter. With the new release of Wooly’s La Dentista novel, we thought it would be a great way to say thanks to our readers to host a FVR Graphic Novel giveaway. Get the full details  Continue reading

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Language Acquisition Quote


If you are a teacher who teaches with comprehensible input (TCI) and accepts the research of language acquisition, I find it helpful to explain the reasons for doing what we do in class to students. This helps them understand the process and to realize how we acquire languages. Many students come in to a language class with the expectations of memorizing vocabulary lists and studying grammar. By explaining how acquisition works, we get more buy in from students. Below are a list of language acquisition quotes that you can post a a “Acquisition Quote of the Week” and share with students. Continue reading

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Creating your own FVR Booklets

If you’ve been following our posts this year, you know we have been focusing a lot lately on FVR (free voluntary reading) as a tool for acquisition in the language learning classroom. Today we are going to show you how to create your own mini-readers using your own class stories.

Here is a picture of our classroom library at this point in level 1.The best way to organize it is to purchase a wire six-tier rack from Amazon. I then have a student job in each class as el bibliotecario (the librarian) to help keep it organized.

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Spooky Stories

Some Halloween tales for this week:

Authenic Reading of Haunted Hollywood Stars

This product features an authentic text from a Colombian Magazine regarding 6 stories of famous celebrities and their encounters with ghosts. Makes a great engaging lectura for students. Can be adapted to any levels of Spanish. The celebrities include Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, and Bella Thorne.

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CI Midwest Takeaways 3

The second session I attended at Comprehensible Midwest 2017 in Ripon, Wisconsin was about using Non-fiction stories. Some critics of TPRS will say that the stories are silly and wonder when a student would need to talk about a pink elephant that goes to 3 different stores to look for pizza. Well, TPRS can be used to tell ANY story, fiction or not. This session was led by Jon Dicus who offered some createive strategies to incorporate real texts.

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CI Midwest Takeaways 2

It’s been about a busy month since CI Midwest took place but we finally have some time to post a few more of our thoughts and takeaways.

Notes from Justin Slocum Bailey’s (@indwellinglang) session:
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Comprehensible Midwest Takeaway 1

This past weekend, I spent my Saturday with nearly 200 like-minded teachers at an amazing conference in Ripon, Wisconsin during the second annual Comprehensible Midwest Conference.  It was such an amazing experience and I congratulate the small group that worked so hard to put it all together.

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Helping Mexico and Puerto Rico

After the earthquake in Mexico and the hurricane in Puerto Rico, these two places have been devastated by destruction and in need of serious aide. Many funds have been established to send relief and help rebuild and provide aide to the people who have been left without homes and in need to food and water.

If you haven’t talked about it in class yet, I suggest taking a look at these resources provided by Martina Bex: Unidos Por Puerto Rico: Materials for Spanish teachers and Los heroes del terremoto: materials for Spanish teachers.

So what can we do? Personally, I am donating all the proceeds from the sale of the Puerto Rico and Mexico stamps until the end of October.

But I also hope to get my school involved. I was thinking of organizing a “Movie Night” at my school around Day of the Dead and showing the movie “Book of Life”. I might now take that idea and use it as a fundraiser for these efforts. Our student council has done a movie-screening before: charging a suggested donation of $2 to enter and then selling snacks, including Jarritos drinks.

Any other ideas? Please share what your department or classes in doing to give the inspiration to others to help as well.

And if you are looking to donate, here are the two organizations we will be supporting:

United For Puerto Rico

Global Giving Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund

 

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FVR Classroom Library Labels

Sometimes my OCD takes over and my organization monster takes over. So I thought I would share the fruits of my labor with other teachers who want to organize their Spanish classroom library. We’ve got labels of 2 sizes and you can download them for free.
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Making children’s books more comprehensible

As we talked about in our previous post, children’s book are usually not the best type of book for a second language classroom, although there is one that we do like. Most of the words are not comprehensible enough to help students acquire the language. And we know that input only aides in acquisition if it is comprehensible. So, if we plan to use children’s books, we have to do a little bit of work to make it comprehensible; but thankfully it is really easy. Continue reading

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