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A good teacher is always looking for ways to vary his or her assessments. Administering varied assessment types allows for differences in student strengths and weaknesses and provides novelty. Novelty is important because it makes the assessment feel less like an exam and more like an activity, which reduces anxiety and lowers the affective filter, … Continue reading What did I say?

Q & A Match-up – Interpretive activity for language classes

I'm always on the hunt for new and different tasks for students to complete when listening to songs or other authentic resources, and this activity shared by Sharon Birch is a great one! Its flexible design allows it to used as a reading activity as well. What is Q&A Match-Up? In a Q&A Match-up, students … Continue reading Q & A Match-up – Interpretive activity for language classes

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Cynthia Hintz posted a link on her blog to one of Mr. Tejeda's Podcuentos. These videos are awesome! He has some in Spanish and some in French. He speaks verrrrry slowly and   circles each new piece of information very thoroughly. Cynthia used the story about the Chico Peruano to reinforce first-person singular verb forms … Continue reading Great Resources

10+ different listening assessments for Spanish classes that can be used in any language class!

Listening assessments for language classes

I administer four kinds of summative assessments to my students: Reading comprehension assessments Listening comprehension assessments Presentational writing assessments Presentational speaking assessments (Read here about why I don't administer summative Interpersonal assessments.) Each quarter, I try to get three or four grades in the book for each of the first three assessment categories. I adopted … Continue reading Listening assessments for language classes