Category Archives: Discussion/Methodology

Redefing Boot Verbs with CI

We’ve all heard of “boot verbs” to teach the conjugations forms of stem-changing verbs. Take the i–>ie stem changing verb querer: Cute, right? Well, sure….If you want your students to only be able to memorize verb forms without actually acquiring … Continue reading

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Get a scoop of Proficiency

It was last year that I blogged about Promoting Performance, and I adopted Shelby County School’s ice cream metaphor throughout the year to talk about  performance and proficiency with my students. My phrase to students on assessments or just to encourage them … Continue reading

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What’s the Acronym for Acquisition?

We’ve all heard them. Most of us have probably even used them at one point or another. I’m talking about those cute little songs and acronyms to memorize grammar rules, irregular forms, verbs, and more. Example: Your students are learning … Continue reading

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React in Spanish

Something I wish I would have done at the beginning of the year: Put a sheet of common Spanish expression on the students’ desks. Having them on each students desk or table, as opposed to a poster, makes it very handy … Continue reading

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Promoting Performance

In a performance and proficiency based classroom, students coming from traditional classroom needs some guidance. Musicuento uses an example of a “Talking about a taco” to show the different proficiency levels. Can you use singular words to talk about a … Continue reading

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Top 5 Reasons for and against Spanish names

One of our more popular posts is about an issue that most Spanish teachers are divided on. I recently asked a Spanish teacher group on facebook if they give their students Spanish names and to give their reasons and the … Continue reading

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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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