Back to School JUST GOT BETTER! TpT announced that they are having a BONUS Back to School sale and we can’t wait to treat you with another day of up to 25% off EVERYTHING in our store – the sale runs TOMORROW ONLY–– Tuesday, August 20. This will likely be your last chance to get the lowest price available on materials that will help you start the school year in confidence!
The Comprehensible Classroom is the #1 store for world language teacher resources on Teachers Pay Teachers. Over the last 8 years, we have earned the trust of thousands of language teachers with high quality, high value resources that support teachers that are teaching for proficiency with an emphasis on comprehension based methods.
With over 600 products, it can be overwhelming to sort through everything that we have to offer to find the materials that will be the best fit for your classes this year. I have scanned my store, followed the conversations in the SOMOS Curriculum Collaboration Facebook Group and quizzed my colleagues to pull together a handful of resources that are a great starting point for your your lesson plan shopping.
The SOMOS Curriculum (available for Level 1 or Level 2 Spanish or Level 1 French) is a comprehension-based, proficiency-oriented curriculum for beginning language classes. If you are new to CI, SOMOS will give you daily, step-by-step instructions on what to do so that you can focus on getting comfortable with the skills in this new way of teaching. If you have been at it for awhile, SOMOS will give you culture-rich materials that you can incorporate into your instruction, adding in your own unique flair. And with the new school year comes new beginnings! What better time to jump straight in than now!
If you are looking for resources for upper level classes, shop these stores during the sale:
Sharing current events from around the Spanish speaking world is an easy way to incorporate culture into your curriculum. EL MUNDO EN TUS MANOS is a bi-weekly publication that gives you five summaries of recent news stories in easy-to-understand Spanish. Maris Hawkins and I work together to find stories of significance and of interest to the range of students that you have in your classes.
Need a sample? Download the FREE preview for the 2019-2020 edition here!
Each issue includes the following resources:
- 5 news stories from the Spanish speaking world, written in Spanish and provided in 3 versions (see below)
- Suggested authentic resources for further exploration
- Activities/suggested activities for each news story
- a print-ready, formatted PDF version of each version of the articles
- a projectable, editable version of each article
Each article is provided in three versions:
- a detailed version with glossed vocabulary
- an advanced version without glossed vocabulary
- a digest/summary version designed for students in their first semester of studying Spanish
Join the EMETM Facebook Collaboration group to suggest stories and share ideas for using them!
Spanish teachers LOVE teaching about holidays and seasonal traditions! Lessons like these are high interest and rich in opportunities for cultural comparison and insight.
Have you recently decided to give comprehension based teaching a try, or are you trying but don’t feel like you have any tools to support the transition? I put together this Comprehension based teaching starter pack to set you up for success with a range of resource types that will give you the confidence you need to succeed.
Music has been critical to my own language learning journey, both en español and en français. Music moves us. It gives us an emotional connection to the language and it allows us to hear the words that we read in a whole new way. If you are looking for input-rich materials to share popular songs with your students, the Canciones contagiosas 1 or Canciones contagiosas 2 song packs are the best starting place. Preview many of them in this post about my favorite songs for Spanish 1!
You don’t have to attach a task to every text that you use in class–in fact, research shows that doing so can be detrimental to student motivation and is not the most efficient use of time in a language class. There are many times, however, that a well-designed task will boost student learning, help you to meet your instructional goals, and save your sanity!
Grammar is the curse word of the comprehension based teaching world– but by choice or by force, many teachers find themselves looking for practical ways to address grammar explicitly even in input-rich courses. My Grammar in context bundle offers ready-to-go lessons that keep input at the forefront. (This is an expanded version of the Grammar in Context book available from Teacher’s Discovery.)
Our brains are wired for stories. Mastering the art of sharing stories with your students such that they understand is the single best thing you can do for your language students. Finding great stories that they want to hear is the second best thing!
I have zillions of resources for your class library, and my favorite is this pack of Printable storybooks! Filling your library with all kinds of different, understandable reading materials and helping your students learn how to select texts well will be invaluable in their language journey.
“There is massive evidence that self-selected reading, or reading what you want to read, is responsible for most of our literacy development. Readers have better reading ability, know more vocabulary, write better, spell better, and have better control of complex grammatical constructions. In fact, it is impossible to develop high levels of literacy without being a dedicated reader, and dedicated readers rarely have serious problems in reading and writing.” –Stephen Krashen
Comprehension based games
I love games because my students love games. Whether you are looking for an input-friendly way to play BINGO (school supplies, comparisons, or estar + location) or want to give your students an experience that they will love to hate with Grudgeball or the Unfair Game, I’ve got games galore!
NEW Products in My Store!
I’ve got loads of new products in my store since the end of school last Spring. Whether you are looking for a new interactive game, some continuing education, NEW FRENCH UNITS (!) or even a FREE reading – we’re sure to have something new for anyone checking out on TpT over the next couple of days. Remember: Use promo code BTSBONUS19 to save up to 25%!
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WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED?
With all the funds your department will save by ordering materials during the sale, it should be easy to tack on a Garbanzo subscription for the coming school year. Garbanzo is an interactive library of readings that includes EVERYTHING (everything!) that The Comprehensible Classroom has ever published, plus Garbanzo original content! We developed Garbanzo to solve the longstanding problems that language teachers experience as they transition to comprehension based teaching: what can my students do if they miss class? How can I support students that join my class late? What can I assign for homework if I must assign homework? What can I do to keep the input flowing when I.just.can’t? Garbanzo is here for you and ready for the 2019-2020 school year!
Fill your cart now and check out with code ‘BTSBONUS19‘ this Tuesday, August 20 (ends at 11:59pm ET), at The Comprehensible Classroom on Teachers Pay Teachers!