Wacky Chat: 75 totally random questions to ask your students

It’s January– you’re tired, they’re tired. Routines have started feeling…routine…and the same old challenges that you’ve been dealing with since the fall are starting to feel really old. Now is a particularly great time of year to be predictable in expectations but unpredictable in planning. Instead of starting the next unit or chapter and working…

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Jennifer Bilby: Understanding the global impact of Una canción original

Last week, the genio himself, Señor Wooly, debuted his new, original song. It’s called “Una canción original”. I told you– ¡él es un genio! The untold story of Jennifer Bilby By now, Spanish students and teachers (and their families) worldwide know the story of how Jennifer Bilby won una canción original escrita por el señor Wooly and how she patiently waited for…

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Celebrate Afro-Latinos in Spanish class

This post is for all the Spanish teachers. No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what or how you teach, this post is about your curriculum. It is about how you–how we–include afrolatinidad in our courses. It is about how you–how we–share with our students the many different colors of latino. Wait, what’s…

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Gasolinazo: What’s happening in Mexico?

Head’s up, USA: “Gas Shortage in Mexico could mess up your Super Bowl party by causing a guacamole crisis“. You’ve GOT to be kidding me. Language teachers share authentic perspectives Perhaps you have heard mention of the gas shortage in Mexico. In an effort to crack down on the costly huachicol (petroleum theft), Mexico’s newly inaugurated president Andrés Manuel…

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Blast to the Past: Addressing AP Themes using Past Tense narrative

 You’ve ditched your textbook and committed to comprehension based methods of teaching. You’re looking at a blank lesson plan book and….you’re stuck. TPRS? CI? SLA? CBM? T1? T2?  How will you ever fill an entire year with lesson plans when you are still trying to keep all the acronyms straight? There are SO MANY teachers…

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