Esperanza around the web

You know a novel is great when you can’t escape it on the Internet. Whether you read my blog, Kristy Placido’s blog, Sharon Birch’s blog, Profe Hanson’s blog, you’ve surely heard of Esperanza. Written by Carol Gaab, it is the real-life story of a woman who flees Guatemala with her family to escape political persecution. They immigrate to…

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Learning through Comprehensible Input

For the first time since learning about TPRS® and Comprehensible Input, I am not teaching through CI, but learning through CI. I’ve of course participated as a student in demonstrations and coaching sessions in languages that I don’t know, but I’ve never “studied” a language for an extended period of time. (I say “studied” with quotation marks because I…

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Freeze Frame

Freeze Frame is a fun, interactive way to review a story by assigning to students to groups that create physical depictions of scenes from a story (short film, class story, novel, etc.) in ‘freeze frame’ vignettes. If you’ve been to a TPRS training in the last few years, it’s likely that you are familiar with the…

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Smash Doodle

My sister in law is a lot trendier than I am. She finds nifty projects on Pinterest all the time and actually does them. Who does that? Last Christmas, she introduced me to Smash Books. She had recently moved to Maryland to take a job teaching English, and she was showing me the beginnings of her Smash Book…

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Problemas en Paraíso

I recently finished reading Problemas en Paraíso by Carol Gaab for the first time, and I must say that I love it! (It is available in French, too.) Mystery/adventure has always been my genre of choice, and so this novel that centers on the kidnapping of an American teacher while on vacation with her son…

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Odd one out / Un sapo de otro pozo

“Odd one out” is a fun game commonly played by language teachers, whether first or second+. You may have played it under a different name, or without naming it at all! The basic concept is that students are given a list of three to four items, and they must identify the “odd one out”–the item that…

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Fiesta tours

If you’ve not yet read this article about how Carrie Toth found inspiration for her novel La Calaca Alegre while on a BrightSpark Fiesta tour, you absolutely must!! The novel is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!! I could not put it down while I was lesson planning!!!!

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