MovieTalk + TPRS® = Magic

MovieTalk has quickly become a favorite strategy for providing comprehensible input to language learners since Michele Whaley brought it to the TCI world in 2012. Developed by Dr. Ashley Hastings as the listening module for the Focal Skills ESL program, MovieTalk is an incredibly effective activity because it provides loads of comprehensible input to students. I just…

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Learn language with the Elimination RPG… even if you don’t yet speak any of the language!!

Note to the reader: This post talks about a popular party game that has long been called “Mafia”, although I no longer advocate for calling it by that name. Mafia is a term that refers to crime organizations that are often associated with specific countries and cultures; most notably, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Irish. In the same…

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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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