Super 7 and Sweet 16

The goal of every language teacher is for their students to speak the language. We want our students to be able to talk about all kinds of topics and accomplish all kinds of purposes, talking to all kinds of people. But HOW??? We don’t actually learn language by speaking; nor do we learn language by……

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Comprehension Checks

It is important for all teachers to informally assess students’ comprehension throughout any lesson in any content area. When we ask a comprehension question, we use students’ response to determine whether it’s time to move on to the next topic, or if we must spend more time on whatever we are studying at the moment.…

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TPRS®/CI and the Common Core

Over the last year, I have received many email requests from teachers, administrators, and conference planners that need to know how TPRS® and other Comprehensible Input strategies meet Common Core standards. Teachers must explain the connections so that they are permitted to use these best practice strategies in their classrooms, administrators seek to know whether…

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Who is going to iFLT ’14 FREE of charge? …

66 readers entered the iFLT ’14 giveaway, but unfortunately only one could win. Would that I could afford to fund registrations for all of you!! However, I see that I’m approaching 1,000 followers, so I think there might be an opportunity for someone else to win something exciting in the near future… Anyway, let’s cut to the…

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#authres are overrated

I think that authentic resources are overrated. This is coming from the lady that just presented at ACTFL on the importance of authentic resources, or ‘ #authres ‘, and how to use them in novice language classes… kind of a contradiction? How important are authentic resources in a language curriculum? #authres are important, but they…

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The Power of a Person

Earlier this week, I was catching up on some blog reading and noticed a pattern…MovieTalk, MovieTalk, MovieTalk! Laurie Clarcq wrote about using MovieTalk with Despereaux on her Embedded Reading blog. Kristin Duncan wrote about using MovieTalk with The Paperman on TPRS Teacher. Bryan Kandel wrote about trying out MovieTalk for the first time with a…

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Teaching Yup’ik Through TPRS

QUESTION: Do you teach a native language or support teachers that do?? Our state language association is looking for ways to better support our Alaska Native language teachers and would love to hear what you are doing that has been successful and what challenges you have faced/are facing! Please leave your thoughts in the comments! Thanks!! –Martina, 01/2016 This past…

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