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Reading Action Chain provides comprehensible input & opportunity for critical thinking

This past weekend, I had the great pleasure of attending TCI Maine, New England, and Beyond in Lewiston, Maine. This conference is one of the longest-standing conferences that provides training for comprehension based methods: it is organized by Skip & Beth Crosby and has been described as New England’s ‘best kept secret’. Contacting Skip about…

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Find interactive readings in Spanish on Garbanzo

“We acquire language when we understand messages; when we understand what people tell us and when we understand what we read”. Dr. Stephen Krashen This foundational insight from Dr. Krashen is our Core Belief at Garbanzo. To that end, we are building an online, interactive library of diverse texts that are designed for language learners…

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There’s comprehensible input, and then there’s….comprehensible input.

My first day of teaching in a public school, I planned the coolest lesson ever. Having committed to teaching 100% in the target language, my objective for the first class was to show my students that YES—they can understand me when I speak in Spanish, even when they don’t yet speak any! I wanted them…

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Word clouds as a source of comprehensible input

I originally published this as a guest post the CI Peek blog–which gives you a PEEK into language teachers’ classrooms from around the world with guest posts every Tuesday! Word Clouds are everywhere. We see them in advertising, on merchandise, blog sidebar widgets, and—of course—instructional materials shared by teachers. Word clouds are a method of representing data in a…

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Is it possible? A board game for post-reading

I’ve seen a lot of posts recently by teachers that are teaching novels for their classes and feeling like it is not going well. In many ways, teaching a novel as a unit is easy: most publishing companies have provided very complete Teacher’s Guides for their novels, and a teacher simply needs to use the resources…

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