Carrie, la perrita bailarina

I have used this video for several years now. Below, I posted the basic lesson plan that I first used for a 45-minute class period. Since then, I’ve expanded it quite a bit by adding more readings, songs, and reading activities. You can download the new plans here. They include four readings, two songs, a reading interview…

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Write, Draw, Pass extension

Why I didn’t think of this before, I’ll never know…but I realized this week while playing Write, Draw, Pass with my students that I can get lots of reps and stories out of what they’ve written–duh! I tell students to write simple, amusing, short sentences. This means that I end up with a lot of…

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Trading Up

This game will take you two days to play. It is designed to practice the structures “I/you have” and “is worth more than”. Day One – Explain rules and give out paperclips: Give each student a paper clip (or some other small, meaningless object). Tell them that their homework is to “Trade Up”. They need…

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Team Responses

The Alaskans For Language Acquisition Conference was last weekend, and we were blessed to host five incredible speakers for the weekend (Carol Gaab, Terry Waltz, Laura Terrill, Hiroko Kataoka, and Uwe Kind). I spent much of my time in the sessions presented by Carol Gaab, president of TPRS Publishing, Inc., as three of them focused…

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Nota

The season premiere of “The Sing-Off” is one week from today on NBC (Monday, September 18). If any of you are a cappella fans like me, this is good news! It offers a great opportunity to (Spanish) teachers to expose their students to the Arts and perhaps even spark a dream. Many of my students…

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Say what?!

We were in the middle of a story yesterday, and one of the actors was a student that speaks Spanish at home, named “Jimmy”. In the story, Jimmy got yelled at, and I (as the narrator) said, «Jimmy se enoja» (Jimmy gets angry). And Jimmy said, «¡enoja!». I repeated, «Jimmy se enoja», and made an…

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