Category Archives: Discussion/Methodology

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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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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Communication Rubric

This year we are adopting a proficiency-based classroom based on the goal of communication. All of our formal assessments will be done using proficiency-based rubrics and standards. This change in format would not have been possible without my colleagues from … Continue reading

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Voseo

Yes, we are back! After enjoying a nice vacation in South America, through the tour company Intrepid, which took us to the likes of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, and enjoying the most amazing sights of Iguazú Falls, we are here … 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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