Assess and practice the interpersonal mode of communication with these quick activities

Interpersonal Speaking: Activities and assessments

So #langchat tonight was crazy. We celebrated "Throwback Thursday" by using the old "free-for-all" format in which a topic is given at the beginning, but the conversation is not moderated. #langchat has grown significantly, and while I prefer the free-for-all format to the moderator Q - participant A format, it was clear tonight that there … Continue reading Interpersonal Speaking: Activities and assessments

Hide and Speak: a twist on class discussion

As you know, NOVELTY in lesson planning is a big deal. When we aren't switching up the content (silly stories, current events, classic literature, pop culture, history...), we're switching up the delivery. We're switching up the task. We're switching up the groups. We're always doing something new because brains crave novelty (gracias, Krashen via Gaab). PQA is … Continue reading Hide and Speak: a twist on class discussion

Comprehensify your textbook readings!

As an Alaskan, PNCFL is my ‘home’ region, but with Minneapolis just a six-hour direct flight from Anchorage, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend this year’s CSCTFL conference. Paired with a day spent observing Susan Block Johnson and an afternoon QAR session, it was the perfect way to spend this past week. I … Continue reading Comprehensify your textbook readings!

Create your own deck of cards based on a reading or other text and turn it into a reading activity!

Play “Go fish!” in language classes

Instead of playing with a deck of cards, play this familiar children’s game with original cards filled with images or text as an opportunity to to get students speaking in low-risk situation even as they continue interacting with a text ('cause it's all about the input, baby!). Before you play Go Fish Prepare students for … Continue reading Play “Go fish!” in language classes

Output (writing and speaking) has an important role to play in courses centered on comprehensible input. learn more about its role here!


One common question that I was asked in my sessions at iFLT '14 was, "I thought that our goal is to provide students with comprehensible why do so many of these activities contain output?" Great question! Is output bad? No comprehension based teacher thinks that output is bad. Output is a good thing and one of the end … Continue reading Output

I’m going on a trip – My favorite game ever!

I am a very bossy person by nature, and unfortunately I didn't realize it until right after I graduated from high school. By the grace of God, I've learned how to tame my nasty natural instincts...although it's not always easy! Being married helps 🙂 I think that this is why the game that I'm about … Continue reading I’m going on a trip – My favorite game ever!