15 ways to keep playing with stories in language class

Maybe you just finished co-creating an EPIC class story, or perhaps your students are still collapsed on the floor after listening with rapt attention to your terrifying true tale. No matter what kind of story you've just shared with your students, you're likely to find that no one is ready to let it go just … Continue reading 15 ways to keep playing with stories in language class

RUN! a no-prep game for language classes

Don't you love discovering a new game!? A few days ago, Jenny Robbins shared an AWESOME no-prep activity in the iFLT/NTPRS/CI Teaching Facebook group. This game can be used in ANY class to provide students with an opportunity to get up and move, accompanied by repeated exposure to content or language. How to play RUN!! … Continue reading RUN! a no-prep game for language classes

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

Digital readings for students & giveaway winners!

Guess what?! You know how you wrote all those super comprehensible mini-stories last week in order to enter the book giveaway? Well...I've turned them into a little digital reading activity for you to share with your students. So even if you aren't one of the big winners, you still win because you can put some … Continue reading Digital readings for students & giveaway winners!

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

The story’s done, but class isn’t over!

Whether you are on a block schedule and are always left with time after you finish asking a story or a story carries over into a second class period and leaves you with 30 minutes of time to fill, you’ve probably wondered “what activities can I do with this story NOW?” Some of my favorite … Continue reading The story’s done, but class isn’t over!