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 … Continue reading Reading Action Chain provides comprehensible input & opportunity for critical thinking

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

You can make a difference {in 2017}: Reading in Spanish

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” –L.M. Montgomery 2016 was hard for many people. Many of us experienced great joy this year, but that joy was often overshadowed by suffering, sadness, loss, and hopelessness. The same is true of any year, but for whatever reason it seems … Continue reading You can make a difference {in 2017}: Reading in Spanish

Comprehensible Input is The One Thing

If you could make your job easier…wouldn’t you? If you could make your students learn better, acquire faster, go further….wouldn’t you? A few years back, Gary Keller and Jay Papasan wrote a book about productivity and success entitled The One Thing. As the wife of a Keller-Williams Realtor, I have spent countless date nights and … Continue reading Comprehensible Input is The One Thing

Ideas for using word clouds as a source for comprehensible input in Spanish classes and adaptable for any language!

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 … Continue reading Word clouds as a source of comprehensible input

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 … Continue reading Is it possible? A board game for post-reading

25 reading activities: some that STOP the reading process, others that SLOW the reading process, and others that let you GO and keep reading! Great for language classes.

Traffic Light Activities to keep the reading process novel

When I wrote the Teacher’s Guide for Brandon Brown versus Yucatán, I included a unique during-reading activity for each chapter. I did this because when you are reading a book in one fell swoop and using it as the basis for your class activities for a chunk of several weeks (or longer), you have to … Continue reading Traffic Light Activities to keep the reading process novel

La créature: a reading for French 1

Merci beaucoup, Patricia Villa! Patricia emailed me the French translation of the horizontal conjugation activity that I shared a few days ago. She advised that it is a little more challenging to do the horizontal conjugation in French than in Spanish, so please model it and work through it with your students as much as … Continue reading La créature: a reading for French 1