On blogging

I have been feeling a little overwhelmed lately–in a good way–by all the language teaching blogs that are launching! Why I love teacher blogs Blogs that are written by teachers, for teachers are a great thing. Without Ben Slavic‘s blog, in particular, I never would survived my first few months of comprehension based teaching (at the…

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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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Presenting in 2016

The best gift that my husband has given me as our family has grown…and grown…and grown…is the support and freedom to continue to travel and work with teachers. From a practical standpoint alone, it is really, really hard for me to be away from my kids. My oldest will turn four just five weeks before…

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TPRS® 101, Step Five: Strategize

This is the fifth post in the series “TPRS® 101: Teaching Proficiency is Really Simple“. STEP FIVE: STRATEGIZE Now that you have added to your basic understanding of TPRS® and its goals by observing a lesson and debriefing, you are almost ready to try it out for yourself. Well, who knows–maybe you are ready because you’re just that kind of…

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Get you some training!

I have two collaborative training lists going to help connect TPRS®/CI teachers with training opportunities near them: TCI training opportunities–formal or informal, paid or free. If you offer or organize a training in your area, please enter its information in this spreadsheet for other teachers to view and access. Please only change information that has…

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First we learn to listen

I just read Sandy Cutshall’s article “Groundbreaking Study from ACTFL Measures Listening and Reading–Expands Understanding of Interpretive Skills” from the most recent issue of The Language Educator. Yes, I know…it’s been out for awhile. It takes a minute to get here to Alaska and then there’s the fact that I never check my mail…so yes, just reading it…

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