“Is this novel REALLY Level 1?” – Which factors contribute to text complexity?

Ah, requisition season. Thousands of teachers around the country are making plans for next year and laying claim to coveted budget dollars to get the resources that they need for next year’s students. Perhaps you find yourself writing a budget proposal for the coming school year. Perhaps your deadline to submit the budget is…FRIDAY! Perhaps…

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El Popocalipsis

On a bit of a whim, Alina Filipescu and her family decided to come see Alaska and stay with me! It has been more fun than I can possibly describe to spend time with her and her husband and watch her girls play with our kids and our neighbors. If a house on our street…

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Pobre Ana is not so pobre anymore!

When I first started teaching, the materials that I inherited from the previous Spanish teachers…decades of previous Spanish teachers…were garbage. I mean, total junk. VHS tapes from the 80s. Random Lotería cards (not enough to play a game). Flashcards. Junk. Junk…and a set of 40 bright yellow novels. Pobre Ana was the one ounce of hope that I…

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Attend #iFLT16 online!

Whether you couldn’t get funding for #iFLT16, couldn’t fit it in your schedule, or couldn’t register before the conference filled up, you will be SO glad to read this news! The #iFLT16 Tuesday morning Keynote with Bill VanPatten and the Tuesday afternoon Roundtable with Stephen Krashen will be LIVE STREAMED! Join us Tues., July 19 at 8:50a.m.…

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How should I use novels in class?

As a teacher that has committed to teaching with comprehensible input based strategies like TPRS®, PQA, MovieTalk and Embedded Reading (to name just a few), you are probably aware of the incredible impact that reading has on language acquisition. For this reason, you have likely also determined that you would like to use novels in your courses…but…

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Smash Doodle – Examples from Vida y Muerte

Elizabeth Hoving, a Spanish teacher, sent me these smash doodle pages quite a few months ago that her students created while reading Vida y muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha.  Her students were required to create an entry for each chapter, and each entry had to include words, sentences and images. Each entry also had to clearly represent the…

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