Task or Text: which is best?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about curriculum. Six years ago, I started posting the curriculum units that I had created for my own, personal classroom use so that other teachers could use them, too. At first, I was just posting isolated activities and lesson plan outlines, and I eventually started formatting them and explaining activities…

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Class library suggestions

So you want to build a class library, eh? Where to begin?? Beyond leveled readers and children’s books, what are other teachers filling their class libraries with? This question keeps popping up in various online forums, and so I think it is high time that we put together a collaborative database that teachers can reference…

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Help! My students don’t get [x]!

We’ve all said it at some point: “HELP! My students don’t get [when to use ser or estar][how to form the subjunctive][the difference between “I have” and “you have” in Spanish]! What should I do???” We run to our fellow department members (if we are fortunate enough to have any) or turn to our PLC for…

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What to do when they miss class?

Because we know that students acquire language through comprehensible input, finding make-up work for students that miss class that actually helps them to make up what was missed is a HUGE challenge. I’m going to share some things that I have done, and I ask that you would add what you’ve done in the comments!! The most important…

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First we learn to listen

I just read Sandy Cutshall’s article “Groundbreaking Study from ACTFL Measures Listening and Reading–Expands Understanding of Interpretive Skills” from the most recent issue of The Language Educator. Yes, I know…it’s been out for awhile. It takes a minute to get here to Alaska and then there’s the fact that I never check my mail…so yes, just reading it…

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