Map Talk is a content-based, communicative language teaching strategy that our guest author, Benjamin Tinsley, has been using with his classes and empowering other teachers to try in their own instructional contexts. During a Map Talk activity, the class views a map while the teacher describes what is visible and leads a conversation that combines…Read More
Where is the dog? Game for language classes
Last night, we had our third meeting of our local PLC (Northern NY & VT – sign up here if you live in the area and want to connect!). Our guiding question was, “Describe a recent lesson in which students were engaged?” I am really inspired by the creativity of the teachers in our group…Read More
Madame Courtcaca: FREE slideshow in French!
Thanks to the quick work of Christy Miller, French students can enjoy the poop runner craze that is sweeping the nation: I decided to do something a little different with the French version than with the Spanish. Past tense verbs appear in a blue font to help students that are as of yet unfamiliar with…Read More
How to write comprehensible texts
Once I moved away from using the textbook as the center of my curriculum, I was free to bring in all kinds of new texts. Popular songs, novels written for language learners, picture books, short non-fiction readings prepared by me, infographics, edited stories written by my students or co-created by the class, and more. By…Read More
Assieds-toi ! FREE unit in French!
When I first started TPRSing, I posted my original materials on a ‘for teachers’ page on my class blog because I thought that was what teachers doing TPRS were supposed to do. I closed down that blog when I started this one, and every once in awhile I dig up its old bones to see…Read More
La paix commence par toi – PPT for French classes
Thank you so much to Virginia Browne for translating the slideshow that I shared yesterday into French. I am still a wee baby French speaker, so please let me know if I made any errors while re-typing the file! Click here to download it and click here to learn why I created it. Also, in light…Read More
Les fidget spinners: reading & activities en français !
GUYS THIS IS SO AWESOME! Have you ever visited Hélène Colinet’s website and blog? Click here to check it out! Hélène is French and teaches language in Mallorca, Spain. I am so excited to have connected with her and am now following her blog! While there is strong support for CI teachers in Europe (Judith Dubois in France, Alike Last…Read More
Good stuff for French learners like me
I’ve learned a lot about early language acquisition recently. As I’ve been formatting the French adaptations of my Spanish curriculum, I have been SUPER EXCITED about all of the language that I have picked up along the way. (You can read something that I wrote about it–in French–here!) I’d like to share with you some of…Read More
I CAN SPEAK FRENCH ::and your students can too::
I have a message! It is 11:52pm and I just finished writing it! It is a super special message because it is IN FRENCH and I WROTE IT ALL BY MYSELF! Right now! I just wrote it! Me! In French! It surely has lots of little mistakes but I am confident that you will be…Read More
Les petites amies de mon frère: Story Script
COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT IS SO FREAKING COOL! So far, French is the only language that I have set out to learn through input. It’s an…ongoing…project that I leave and come back to once every few months as time permits. I’ve read novels from Fluency Matters and listened to the audio versions, read news article summaries in…Read More