I recently finished up Season 2 of Stranger things (!!!!), and Dungeons & Dragons is a big part of the show. Of course, I was never allowed anywhere near the game when I was growing up, due to its dark nature, but watching the show I have been quite fascinated by it. Mostly I just…Read More
What is Acquisition Driven Instruction?
Do you use Acquisition Driven Instruction? I began using Acquisition Driven Instruction in 2010; I just didn’t know it as that. At the time, I was teaching almost exclusively with TPRS® (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling), and I would have described myself as a TPRS® teacher. With time, I began using a wide variety…Read More
There is no substitute for stories.
View this post on Instagram Stories have the power to inspire, to delight, to teach, to challenge. We need stories! Our students need stories. Find ways to bring new stories and new forms of storytelling into your classes!! #spanishteachers #spanishtribe #foreignlanguage A post shared by Martina Bex (@comprehensibleclassroom) on Jan 11, 2018 at 10:57am PST…Read More
How to write comprehensible texts
Once I moved away from using the textbook as the center of my curriculum, I was free to bring in all kinds of new texts. Popular songs, novels written for language learners, picture books, short non-fiction readings prepared by me, infographics, edited stories written by my students or co-created by the class, and more. By…Read More
Dip your toes in CI: Shared Reading
The CI waters are up to your ankles as you stand on the first step descending into the lake of CI. You tried asking a question, and whether it went well or it didn’t, your ankles have adjusted at least a little bit to the temperature. It’s time to take another step: The next mission…Read More
Dip your toes in CI: Ask a question
It’s a new school year and you, dear language teacher, are ready for a new YOU! You have heard about comprehensible input centered instruction, you perhaps attended a workshop or six over the summer…maybe you have even given CI instruction a go in the past! Whatever your background looks like, you have decided that 2017…Read More
When I first started teaching, all of my files were paper and I organized them in hanging file folders. Eventually, I graduated to beautiful binders filled with page-protected worksheets separated with colorful dividers for each unit. As I began to gather more and more materials from the Internet (blog posts, videos, lesson plans, images, etc.),…Read More
Watch me ask a TPRS® story
For the last several years, I have participated in an annual event at a local college. I have used more or less the same TPRS style lesson plan each year, and you can read through it in detail and download the materials that I use for it here. This year, I had taught two 55 minute…Read More
TPRS® 101, Step Six: Give it a try!
This is the sixth post in the series “TPRS® 101: Teaching Proficiency is Really Simple“. The first week back from winter break is like a re-start for many teachers. You set goals back in August, and you’ve accomplished some but fell short of others. You spent a semester learning and growing as a professional, and…Read More
What is a target structure?
The second to last session that I attended at ACTFL 2015 was with Amy Lenord. Amy has written fairly extensively on her blog about why and how she has moved away from giving traditional vocabulary lists to her students. As I was busy covering the session on Twitter (search Twitter for #unlistvocab #actfl15 for my…Read More