Unit planning for TCI courses

My favorite session from iFLT 2014 (of the ones that I taught, anyway) was my session about planning units that introduce a set of target structures and then use them to teach a cultural topic to students. This was my favorite session because the creation of vocabulary-driven cultural units have had a greater impact on my…

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Output

One common question that I was asked in my sessions at iFLT ’14 was, “I thought that our goal is to provide students with comprehensible input…so why do so many of these activities contain output?” Great question! Is output bad? No comprehension based teacher thinks that output is bad. Output is a good thing and one of the end…

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Summer plans

Although I am not teaching this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the last few weeks of school as my former colleagues muscle through the last two weeks here in Anchorage. As a middle school teacher, the best adjective for those last two weeks was CRAZY! The amount of daylight here in Alaska combined with the…

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Super 7 and Sweet 16

The goal of every language teacher is for their students to speak the language. We want our students to be able to talk about all kinds of topics and accomplish all kinds of purposes, talking to all kinds of people. But HOW??? We don’t actually learn language by speaking; nor do we learn language by……

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TPRS®/CI and the Common Core

Over the last year, I have received many email requests from teachers, administrators, and conference planners that need to know how TPRS® and other Comprehensible Input strategies meet Common Core standards. Teachers must explain the connections so that they are permitted to use these best practice strategies in their classrooms, administrators seek to know whether…

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