What is Proficiency Oriented Language Instruction?

As language teachers, our goal for our students is to be more proficient in the target language when they complete our course than when they began. We probably have other goals for our students (being more kind, more empathetic, more responsible, more culturally aware), but all of these objectives fit into the overarching mission of … Continue reading What is Proficiency Oriented Language Instruction?

Learn how to make weekend chats a weekly routine in your language classes!

10 ways to talk with your students about their weekend

When I first ditched the textbook, Weekend Chats was one of the very first routines that I learned about and started using in class. I was introduced to it by Michele Whaley, and I remember reading about it on Ben Slavic's blog soon thereafter. I used Ben's idea of having students illustrate posters of places … Continue reading 10 ways to talk with your students about their weekend

Peace begins with you – PPT for Spanish classes

Tonight, I am sad for my country. The events that transpired this past weekend in Charlottesville are not unique. As language teachers, we are about communication. We are about comprehension. We are about connection. We are about community. Let's also be about change. I've been reading a lot of posts about what teachers are doing … Continue reading Peace begins with you – PPT for Spanish classes

SOMOS Curriculum: Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are planning to use the SOMOS 1 or 2 Spanish curriculum for the first time this fall or have been working with it for several years already, I hope that this post will answer most of the 'big' questions that you have as you are planning for the upcoming school year. For everything … Continue reading SOMOS Curriculum: Frequently Asked Questions

Teaching languages in Urban schools – Guest post!

I met Jon Cowart for the first time at iFLT 2014 in Denver, and his passion for teaching kids in urban, low-income settings was apparent from our first conversation. He has been committed to using language teaching as a way to connect with and empower his students. Specifically, he uses comprehensible input strategies to empower his … Continue reading Teaching languages in Urban schools – Guest post!