No-prep lesson plan with news articles

The end of the year is tough, I know! Students are simultaneously exhausted and buzzing with energy… thank you, sun! You need lesson plans that teach themselves, and I’ve got one plan that will do just that. Try out this no-prep, hands-off “3 – 2 – 1” lesson for current events… or any texts! 3-2-1…

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Unpacking Common Ground by Hawkins & Henshaw

Pre-ordered copies of the anticipated text Common Ground: Second Language Acquisition Theory Goes to the Classroom by Florencia G. Henshaw and Maris D. Hawkins arrived in mailboxes around North America this past week. Both authors have been active contributors to the community of language educators through online and real-world forums, and so it is no…

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¡Adiós, jametz! FREE Passover story in Spanish

In the Northern Hemisphere, it is SPRING! And with spring comes celebrations. Many of you reading this blog teach languages that are spoken in countries with deep religious roots, and those roots are super visible in March and April! Easter, Passover, Equinox, and Ramadan are all holidays and celebrations that occur in the Spring. It…

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Should language teachers teach vocabulary?

Many of us learned language through an explicit instructional model, in which words and concepts were taught, practiced, and memorized. When I began teaching, I started out with that same explicit model of instruction: working from a textbook curriculum that laid out thematic vocabulary to memorize and grammar concepts to practice and master in each chapter.…

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4 steps to shift toward Acquisition Driven Instruction

If you are ready to move away from Explicit Language Instruction toward a more Implicit, Acquisition-Driven model, you’ve come to the right place. Making this change is a complete paradigm shift, but it can be done in pieces. If you are ready to focus on helping your students to acquire language, as opposed to helping…

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“What ACTFL level is this text?”

As teachers are trying to decide if a text is a good fit for their learners, they will often ask us the question, “What ACTFL Level is this text?”. Unfortunately, it’s a question that we can’t usually answer, and I want to explain why. ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines do not describe texts; they describe people. Specifically,…

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Garbanzo is hiring! Seeking ELL Author

Garbanzo is a web application for language teachers and students that features a large, interactive library of lessons. Co-founded by The Comprehensible Classroom and Zaengle Corp, Garbanzo currently contains over 1000 stories and informational texts in Spanish. Now, we are excited to begin building a library for English Language Learners (ELLs)! Open position: ELL Author…

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