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.spanish teaching advice

learn grammar from languageobjective in FL class

teach the language not about the language

you can conjugate can you communicate we dont use vocab lists textbook conversations are fake teach your way

youtube search offers great input  teach in the language  edit the task not the text dont teach badly to prepare for bad teaching

Read how to use twitter as your own Professional Development, so you can start following the above people.

This original comic goes: “I see you did well in school. But what real world skills do you have?” and the interviewee replies, “Tests. I can take tests”. I modified this social commentary on our educational system’s focus and applied it to foreign language skills.
Fluency in Spanish

About spanishplans

Spanish Teacher in Chicago. Have studied or traveled to Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Uruguay. Have taught level 1 at middle and high school levels. Degree in Spanish and Master's in Teaching and Leadership. Blogger www.SpanishPlans.org
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6 Responses to Language Acquisition

  1. I absolutely needed to see this today. Someone just told me that teaching language in context was nice for honors students but not possible for the “rest.” Let’s keep fighting the good fight!

  2. Andrea says:

    Great quotes! I’m wanting to keep all homework for my students online this coming school year. Do you have any website suggestions? I put study resources on Edmodo. I’d really like a website for them to practice vocab and basic grammar that keeps track of what they have completed.

  3. spanishplans says:

    I used to use Wordchamp.com, but it is apparently shutting down. I am still looking for a replacement.

  4. lola says:

    So how do you deal with having to keep up or follow a high school curriculum? I teach middle school, and I feel like I have to emulate what they teach at the high school in terms of grammar, vocabulary lists, etc. (6th-8th grade ALMOST equivalent to one year of study at the high school because I don’t see students every day.) The curriculum is the textbook (at the high school.) I can’t and don’t adhere to this 100%. In part I can’t because I don’t see the students every day, and it’s an impossible feat to accomplish in the time I have. Secondly, I don’t, because if I taught by the book, I don’t think the kids would actually learn. They would just be memorizing things for the test. Self-doubt creeps in almost daily however!

    • spanishplans says:

      So are your students capable of starting at level II at the high school? As long as the students are learning necessary skills in the language, I wouldn’t worry yourself too much with doing what the high school does. You have to do what is best for your students.

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